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Talk of Fame Network
Joe Flacco has a Super Bowl ring and a $120 million contract. But his Baltimore Ravens coach, John Harbaugh, believes the best is yet to come for and from his quarterback.
“As time goes on, when people look back on Joe Flacco’s time, he’s going to have one of those iconic type of careers, a Johnny Unitas-type of career,” Harbaugh told the Talk of Fame Network on this week’s show. “I think ultimately he’ll be a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. No doubt in my mind. And we’re in the midst of it right now.”
The Ravens hired John Harbaugh as head coach in 2008 and he has never endured a losing season in his seven years on the job. He has taken the Ravens to the playoffs six times, reached three AFC title games and won a Super Bowl. Along the way, Harbaugh has won 64.2 percent of his career games. That’s a better winning percentage than Hall-of-Fame coaches Paul Brown, Tom Landry and Joe Gibbs.
And Flacco has been there every step of the way. The Ravens drafted him in the first round of Harbaugh’s first draft, and he became a walk-in starter. His arm has powered much of the success Harbaugh, and the Ravens have enjoyed.
“He’s a humble guy who is mentally tough,” Harbaugh said. “The Ravens have a tradition of that. Go back to the old Browns -- back to Art Modell, back to the championships of the 1950s. That’s what this organization has stood for.”
Harbaugh also talked about the civil unrest in Baltimore last month, the Ray Rice incident last fall and coaching a Super Bowl against his younger brother Jim. Also visiting the show was Wisconsin’s All-America running back Melvin Gordon, who was the 15th overall selection in the 2015 draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Gordon talked about his 408-yard rushing game against Nebraska last season, his favorite backs in NFL history, the lack of respect for his position in the NFL and the challenge of providing the Chargers the same presence in the offensive backfield as the great LaDainian Tomlinson.
“I’m not the next L.T.,” Gordon said. “I’m just Melvin Gordon. He did a lot for this organization. I know people are going to compare (us) but I don’t feel any pressure. I just want to go out there and do what I need to do and be Melvin Gordon. I’m not trying to be LaDainain Tomlinson and live up to what he did. If I do, I may not be able to play the way I want. That’s just going to put added pressure on me and I don’t need that right now. I just want to go out there, play free and just play ball.”
In addition, Talk of Fame Network co-host Rick Gosselin states the Hall-of-Fame case of former Atlanta middle linebacker Tommy Nobis and talks about the draft-day success of players not invited to the combine in 2015. Co-host Ron Borges challenges the Seattle Seahawks for their selection of Michigan defensive end Frank Clark in the second round despite character flags, and, in recognition of Cinco de Mayo, your Hall-of-Fame guys also picked a Latin Hall of Fame.
All that plus the ever popular two-minute drill at the close of each hour of the two-hour show. You can also find the show – and all the shows -- on iTunes.