Quarterback celebrates record-breaking contract with a McDonalds.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has spoken on his new record-breaking deal, but has emphasised that it is a lot to do with respect rather than the financial aspects.
According to reports, the Super Bowl MVP signed a six-year deal that will guarantee him $52m, including a $29m signing bonus.
However, despite the numbers and becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, the 28-year-old is keen to stress that it isn’t all about the money.
“It was pretty uneventful, to tell you the truth,” he said of signing the contract. “Our goal is to win the Super Bowl. That’s always been one of my goals. It’s never necessarily been a goal of mine to get paid like this, it’s just what comes with the job.”
“It means a lot. It was never necessary about the money. But it’s definitely about earning that respect,” he told the media according to the NFL Network.
Flacco turned down a contract extension last summer, and despite the risks that came with his decision he cited the reason behind his refusal was that he believed he was worth more.
That confidence appears to have been rewarded following his efforts last year, where he threw for a career-high 3,817 yards during the regular season albeit with some inconsistency in his game.
However, he really came to the fore in the post-season where he passed for 11 touchdowns without throwing an interception which included a three touchdown effort in New Orleans.
While Flacco admitted that winning the Super Bowl certainly helped add to his value, he believes that he is an asset for the Ravens going forward and would have warranted a new deal either way.
Armed with a new mega-dollar deal, Flacco would have been forgiven for celebrating in great style by splashing out.
However, “Joe Cool” was snapped at a McDonald’s drive-thru just hours after putting pen to paper as he ordered a 10-piece McNugget meal. With his bank balance reaching new heights, he can now order all the McNuggets he could ever have wanted.