Joe Flacco's Brother Mike Pursuing Football Career
Mike Flacco has a ways to go before he's a Super Bowl MVP like brother Joe, but the 26-year-old has decided to end his pursuit of an MLB career and make a run at the NFL.
He'll start by trying to hone his raw football skills at New Haven University this fall, according to FOX Sports.
A traditional scouting report would be premature at this point, but here's all you need to know about the younger brother of the Baltimore Ravens quarterback.
Mike's Athletic Background
Per Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the younger Flacco is 6'6" and 250 pounds, but hasn't played football since high school.
New Haven head coach Pete Rossomando said the following to Garafolo about Mike's football prospects:
He's 6-6, 250 and can run. You can use those guys. We worked him out, we were able to watch him run around. He's very raw and he needs some seasoning to get to that next level. But if he does the things we ask, the sky is the limit for him.
According to Garafolo's article, Mike "quickly added 30 pounds of muscle and was running football-type drills alongside NFL draft hopefuls at TEST Sports Clubs in New Jersey" this year.
He told Garafolo he was the "only player in the Baltimore Orioles spring training to run a sub-4 second 30-yard dash"—a claim that would back up Rossomando's assertion that Mike can move despite his size.
According to Garafolo, the 26-year-old was a great high school student and has already completed two years of community college. He'll go to the Division II university on academic and athletic scholarships. Rossomando also said Mike "wants to earn a degree."
This is nothing more than speculation, but at 6'6" and 250 pounds with good speed, one has to believe that Mike projects to the tight end spot or maybe he has a future as an oversized possession receiver.
He clearly has an uphill climb to even become a productive collegiate player, but a handful of raw yet sizable athletes have been given tryouts by NFL teams in the past. It's a low-risk trend that was sparked after guys with limited football backgrounds like Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham burst onto the professional football scene in the last decade.
With a few years of grooming, Mike Flacco could eventually be vying for a job in the same league as his brother, but he has a plenty of work ahead of him.
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