By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
After a long night and a postseason for the record books, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco emerged as Super Bowl XLVII MVP.
Flacco had three touchdowns in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers for an impressive 11-touchdown, zero-interception playoff performance. Flacco finished 22-for-33 for 287 in Sunday’s 34-31 win over the 49ers.
As the New Jersey native stood at the podium hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it must have felt like justice for many Ravens fans. Flacco never gained the type of respect many quarterbacks around him received – even though he had been to the playoffs every year he has been in the league.
But the Ravens always lost to powerhouses, including a Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis team, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This time, Flacco led the Ravens past Indianapolis; Manning’s new team, the Denver Broncos; and the New England Patriots. Then in the Super Bowl, when most of the attention was focused on emerging 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Flacco played better – hitting his targets and leading the Ravens’ offensive attack.
Flacco has never been more celebrated. His card values should follow suit, with the underrated quarterback now a champion.
Key Joe Flacco Rookie Cards
2008 Exquisite Collection #170 JSY AU /99
2008 Playoff National Treasures #112 JSY AU /99
2008 Playoff Contenders #151 AU /220
2008 SP Authentic #295 /999
2008 Leaf Rookies and Stars #230 /99