Mike Flacco, brother of Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, is doing what a lot of younger brothers do- look up to their older brothers. Mike, 26, is going to give up a minor-league baseball career to try and follow in the footsteps of Joe, 28.
Mike’s played in the Baltimore Orioles farm system for the past two years, but has struggled during that phase of his baseball career (a .214 batting average and eight home runs in 107 games, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo). So, he’ll be joining New Haven University’s football team, a Division-II program, in the hopes of being able to make a go of it in football. Mike will be playing tight end, and has apparently added 30 pounds of muscle to get ready for football, and possibly interest a team in drafting him.
Mike is 6’6″, 250 pounds and did play high school football, so it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that he’s able to land a spot in the NFL, at least as a tryout player. Who knows, maybe Baltimore will sign him. Or, in keeping with the recent 49ers-Ravens brotherly rivalry, Jim Harbaugh will sign Mike to the 49ers so he can have his own Flacco to compete against John’s.