Flacco reflects on son's birth on a surreal Sunday

Flacco reflects on son's birth on a surreal Sunday
September 18, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Back at practice Wednesday, Joe Flacco talked about his surreal Sunday. His wife, Dana, gave birth to the couple’s second child (Daniel) about 90 minutes before kickoff against the Browns.

“It was a pretty cool day, pretty special day," Flacco said. "I got a call at 5:30 in the morning from (Dana), and I couldn’t believe it.

“We had talked about it, and if it came on Sunday, I was going to play the game. You obviously don’t know how you’re going to react, though, when you get that call. You get that call and your heart starts beating. It’s always a game-changer when you get that call. What else is she calling for at 5:30 in the morning? “Before I even picked up the phone, I knew what was going on. I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding me?’”

It was no joke. Flacco said he played Sunday’s game thinking about his wife and new baby often.

“I don’t know if it was really ever in the back of my mind,” Flacco said. “I was definitely fortunate that my wife had the baby at 11:30 a.m., before the game had started. I think if it was during the game, I would have been coming off every series like, ‘Update me, update me.’ The fact that it did come before the game actually kicked off was a little bit settling to my mind. All morning, I’m usually pretty reserved before the game, and I was walking around the locker room. I was just way more fidgety than I normally am, so it was definitely soothing to know that she had the baby and everything went OK.”

Teammates got a kick out of seeing the normally reserved Flacco so excited.

\“He was kind of giddy, almost like a kid,” said wide receiver Torrey Smith. “He was sitting on the bench and his feet were like swinging. He was like, ‘I never really get like this.’ But he was hyped up, and we were all excited for him.”

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