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Confidence: Joe Flacco’s got it

Joe Flacco thinks he’s the best quarterback in the NFL. That kind of attitude is necessary for success.


Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been receiving his fair share of mockery for saying, “I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best,” but you have to have confidence in yourself in order to turn yourself into eventually being one of the top five quarterbacks. You have to have confidence to at least play as well as you can and make the playoffs.

Flacco said,

I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback. I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way.

It’s a view that is held by more than a few athletes, even if few of them publicly say so.

When I interviewed Desmond Clark in 2006, he said,

I said if the top tight end was catching 80 passes, that’s where I felt I should be at. I don’t feel any different today. I feel like wherever the top tight end is at, I should be able to put up those type of numbers.

Indeed, it would be surprising if one of the best athletes in the world competing at the most competitive level of their profession didn’t think and express their confidence in their abilities.

But when the claims and the reality are so far apart, as in Flacco’s case, and when the agent is even trying to get his client top five money (if only as a negotiating tactic), a quarterback can expect a little bit of good natured ribbing for publicly expressing belief in such a delusional fantasy.

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