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Joe Flacco’s baseball-playing brother wants to play football

Jan 29, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has a brother named Mike Flacco who’s a minor leaguer in the Orioles’ farm system.

But as our friends over at ProFootballTalk noted today, Mike Flacco wants to switch sports:

The younger Flacco, who is 26, doesn’t want to play baseball at all anymore and is training in New Jersey to make the leap to the NFL. He hasn’t played football since high school, but has added 30 pounds of muscle to his 6-5 frame in hopes of interesting a team in his services as a tight end. … The last name should be enough to get him at least a chance to show what he can do as teams put together their 90-men rosters over the next few months. He’ll have to earn anything more than that on his own merit and it’s definitely a long shot that the 2013 NFL season will kick off with two Flaccos on the field.

Mike Flacco was a 31st-round draft pick in 2009 and has hit just .253 with a .378 slugging percentage in four seasons as a first baseman spent almost entirely in rookie-ball and Single-A, meaning his chances of reaching the big leagues were more or less equal to chances of playing in the NFL. So why not, basically.

  1. natstowngreg - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Go for it! You’re not really losing a baseball career, because you hardly had one in the first place.

  2. 13arod - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    if the ravens get him it would be so funny

  3. bankboy2012 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    That can’t be Flacco’s brother, his eyebrows aren’t touching.

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Stranger things have happened.

  5. sargespeak - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Or… wait for Joe to sign a Drew Brees type contract, and make 500k off your older brother a year by being his personal shopper!

  6. transam7816 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I wish I was at least 6’4″. It would vastly increase my chances of playing a professional sport without having much expertise in the field.

  7. spangsays - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I hear Joe Flacco wants to be am elite pitcher

  8. sgtr0c - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Pro sports are all about nepo. It could happen.

  9. johnnyb1976 - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    He looks like vanilla ice

  10. jimbroney - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I want to be a cobbler.

  11. pbastille - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    I saw him play for the Frederick Keys last year — nothing to write home about. The Keys also had Rudy Reuttiger’s nephew Johnny was on the same team. Probably a better prospect.

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