Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback, told David Letterman that he wants to be a Raven for life, but admitted that, with apologies to Jerry McGuire and Rod Tidwell, it’s time to show him the money.
Flacco: “… before the New England game, you know, [owner Steve Bisciotti] just came up to me and said, ‘Listen, this is our time, and go get ‘em. We have all the faith in you, and this is going to be your team for a long time.’”
Letterman: “That’s right. And when we’re all done, you come into my office, and you can beat me up all you want, you can get me down on all fours and grab my wallet.”
Flacco: “Exactly…Well, that was actually earlier in the year when I wasn’t signing what they wanted me to sign, he said, ‘Listen, when the time comes, I mean, you come and beat on my desk,’ and I said, ‘All right, I’ll take you up on that,’ and I think the time has come.”
Flacco’s retiring teammate, No. 52, was an object of fascination for Letterman, who asked, “Tell me about this guy, Ray Lewis. What’s his deal?”
Flacco: “Most of the time I don’t know.”
Flacco goes on to say that Lewis “has something special and is a great teammate.”
Letterman: “And he uses deer hoof spray or something. What is it?”
Flacco: (laughs) “You have to ask him about that one, man!”
Letterman was curious about the unintelligible language football players seem to speak on the field and Flacco denied that there was anything complex about it.
“An NFL playbook is much easier than people make it out to be,” he said. “Come on, we’re football players.”