It is hard to find someone who is currently a bigger embodiment of the American dream than Joe Flacco.
The 28-year-old Ravens quarterback is coming off a spectacular playoff run that culminated in a Super Bowl victory with Mr. Flacco taking home MVP honors for the big game.
As if that wasn't enough, as The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports, Joe and his lovely wife, Dana, are expecting their second child, and they learned of the pregnancy just two weeks ago.
Consider this the icing on the cake for Flacco.
Playing on the last year of his current contract, Flacco had a solid, but inconsistent season. The Ravens offense went through some rough patches this past season, which had many questioning Flacco's viability as the team's long-term answer at quarterback.
I don't think anyone is questioning that now. Flacco is coming off one of the greatest postseasons we have ever seen by a quarterback.
In this past postseason, Flacco tied an NFL record by throwing for 11 touchdowns, and he did so while suffering no interceptions. It was a stellar run that included several clutch plays by the seemingly impossible-to-rattle Flacco.
As a result, it is safe to say that financial concerns won't be adding stress to the Flaccos' current pregnancy. Joe is set to become one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks and is likely looking at a contract that is worth something in the neighborhood of $110 million.
This also set the table for a wonderfully unique moment when, as USA Today's Robert Klemko reports, Joe and Dana told their parents of the pregnancy in the hours following the Super Bowl at a private party for Joe's family and friends.
Now that was a party with ample reasons for celebration.