Ravens vs. Patriots: Joe Flacco's Sense of Humor Perfect for Strong Spotlight

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIJanuary 18, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Houston Texans during the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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At the very least, Joe Flacco knows that his neighbors are Ravens' fans, only concerned about the good of the team.

They just have a funny way of showing it. 

As Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reported, Flacco was on "NFL Total Access on Wednesday", where he relayed a humorous story about what happened during his bye week. 

I'd never been on a skateboard in my life, so I was literally riding it about 10 feet down my driveway just to see if I could stand on it and stay upright...One of my neighbors must have called in looking for (Ravens general manager) Ozzie Newsome and left a voicemail on his secretary's phone saying, 'Hey, man, you got to let Joe Flacco know we're trying to win the Super Bowl around here! He's at home riding a skateboard. Somebody's got to let him know what the deal is.'

As ridiculous as it sounds, this is the kind of thing that melts some athletes down. They can't handle the spotlight and recognition that comes with the position. So, when they get criticized for doing things that normal people do, they have a hard time adjusting to it. 

That's never happened to Flacco. As Hanzus reported, Flacco kept the same sense of humor about skateboard-gate that he did about Ed Reed's saying that he was rattled against the Texans. It is the kind of attitude that you need to have to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, which Flacco has undeniably been. 

No other quarterback in the history of the NFL has taken his team to the postseason in each of his first four years. Not only has Flacco done that, but he's won at least one game in each of those seasons. 

Normal men couldn't take the kind of spotlight that this represents. Flacco was simply riding a skateboard, and somebody ratted him out. Imagine how you would react if a neighbor called you boss every time you did something that could possible hinder your job performance. That is the scrutiny you're under as an NFL quarterback, especially on a good team. 

For Flacco to be able to shrug this off, as well as the criticism from Reed, is not a small accomplishment. If you can't take the pressure off of the field, there's no way you'll be able to take it during the game. 

Whether the Ravens are successful against the Patriots on Sunday or not, this is the kind of attitude that they want to see from the franchise quarterback.