Future financial advisor Tom Flacco, brother of future Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Flacco, announced last week that he will not return to Western Michigan this season, opting to play competitive football in his brother’s shadow elsewhere.
Tom, whose highlights from 2016 include being a backup quarterback who appeared in six games, was once a two-sport athlete in high school and was drafted in the MLB Draft’s 32nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, something he routinely tells his brother, Joe, when they play catch in the backyards around the holidays.
“Joe thinks I’m a good football player,” Tom said. “He says it himself and pats me on the back all the time when I show up to his practices.”
Since peaking as the best athlete in his high school senior class, Tom has struggled to find footing as someone who is not to be confused with his more talented, better-paid and older brother, Joe.
The Flacco boys’ mother, Karen, said she loves both boys equally, though admitted that junior college does not pay out a six-year, $120 million contract.
“There’s 120 million different reasons to love Joe,” Karen said.
Amid his family’s disappointment that Joe will always be the name most closely associated with success in his family, Tom had some last words for those who don’t believe in him.
“I did not peak in high school,” Tom pleaded with reporters over the weekend while he pretended to throw a rapid succession of Hail Mary passes toward the back of the press room. “Joe, if you hear this, please tell me I’m a good player.”