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Mike Flacco, Joe's Brother, Declares for NFL Draft After Baseball Career

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 07:06 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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New Haven University tight end Mike Flacco has declared early for the NFL draft, hoping to follow his brother, Ravens’ Joe Flacco, into the pros, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Mike Flacco, 26, originally played baseball for the Orioles and the Red Sox, but retired from that sport and moved onto the football field for New Haven. He hadn’t played football since high school, but his New Haven coach told the Sun in July 2013 that he had definite potential.

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"He hasn't played football in a long time. He's very raw, but has great athletic ability,” Pete Rossomando told the Sun. “He hasn't blocked anybody, so it will be interesting to see how he develops as a blocker. He's got to play for the University of New Haven or he won't play for the NFL. He's got some work to do, but he's a great guy who's willing to put in the work. He's a very humble guy, similar to Joe in that respect. With his ability, he can be knocking on the door rather quickly."

In his first season last year, Flacco was picked as third-team Division II All-American, and completed the season catching 30 passes for 591 yards and with nine touchdowns. He declared for the 2014 NFL draft, the Sun said, after just that one season on the field.

Fox Sports said Mike Flacco doesn’t have the strong arm of brother Joe Flacco, but his size — 6’5” and 245 lbs. — and athleticism make him an “interesting prospect” for the spring draft.

It's not completely unheard of for athletes to swap sports. Former basketball players Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez ended up chasing touchdowns, and Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson both had baseball careers.

Some people online suggested the Ravens need tight ends and Flacco might fill that spot, working with his brother. But others thought that was a bad idea.

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