Mike Flacco, a former draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles and the younger brother of Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, has decided to enroll at the University of New Haven to play tight end on the football team.
New Haven’s head coach, Pete Rossomando, had many words of praise for the 26-year-old:
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.
The younger Flacco was woeful at the plate last season, hitting .214 with a mere 8 home runs for an Orioels’ minor league squad. Inspired by the accomplishments of big-brother Joe, Mike decided to make the transition to football, a choice that has led to him gaining 30 pounds of muscle in preparation.
Mike spoke about the impact Joe’s success has had on him as a younger brother:
I see everything he’s doing on the field and off the field, I want to do the same things. I’m just excited for Joe, excited to go down there. My stuff is my stuff. I’ve got to find my own ground. I know all of Joe’s success may help me, but at the same time I have to find what I want to do.
[Source: Fox Sports]