On Saturday, something momentus will happen: The Flacco family's long run of athletic dominance at Audubon (N.J.) High will finally come to an end. That's when Brian Flacco, the last of three Flacco brothers to attend Audubon -- including Ravens quarterback Joe -- will play his final high school baseball game in the New Jersey Group 1 baseball championship game against Waldwick (N.J.) High.
"He's a gamer," Audubon baseball coach Rich Horan, who coached all three brothers in baseball, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He doesn't get worked up. He keeps the status quo. But he's always going to play hard."
To say that the Flaccos have left a significant mark on Audubon's sporting legacy is an extreme understatement. All three brothers played both football and baseball at Audubon, with almost uniformly large measures of success in both sports. Joe Flacco (obviously) eventually stuck with football, which he now uses to pay the bills in Baltimore. The middle Flacco brother of the three to attend Audubon -- Mike Flacco -- gravitated toward baseball, and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. He is currently playing for the Delmarva Shorebirds, a Class A minor league team in the Baltimore organization.
Yet, according to the Inquirer, Brian Flacco may have had the most balanced prep career of the three brothers. A two-way starter in football, Brian Flacco ran for 1,159 yards and a whopping 16 touchdowns out of the backfield and also forced 11 fumbles as a linebacker. He excelled as a wrestler in the winter, finishing his four-year varsity career with a personal record of 110-34.
Then there's baseball, where the speedy slugger hit .402 and scored 33 runs in his senior year alone. Perhaps unsurprisingly, baseball is the sport he will continue at the next level as well, with Brian expected to move in with his brother Mike while he attends Catonsville (Md.) Community College to play baseball.
Like both his brothers before him, Brian Flacco sees his departure from Audubon as a turning point in his personal career, though he hardly said it will eliminate he or his brothers' affiliation with the New Jersey school.
"It's kind of sad," Brian Flacco told the Inquirer. "But not too much. I know I'll always be around and come back and see how these teams are doing."
And those connected to the school will almost certainly continue to keep tabs on yet another favorite son who happened to have the surname Flacco.