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02.04.2013

SUPER BOWL XLVII MVP JOE FLACCO, QUARTERBACK OF THE CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS, TALKS ABOUT HIS CONTRACT, RAY LEWIS AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SUPERDOME POWER OUTAGE ON CBS's "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN," MONDAY, FEB. 4

 

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            Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, talks about his contract status, teammate Ray Lewis and what went through his mind during Sunday’s power outage at the Superdome when he visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, Feb. 4 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  This is the ninth consecutive year that a Super Bowl-winning quarterback has appeared on the LATE SHOW after winning the championship.

 

            Flacco, who walked out to a standing ovation from the audience as Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra played “We Are the Champions,” talked about his contract negotiations with the Ravens:

 

Letterman:  “I read something today about you, and this is a contract negotiation year, and before the game, what did your owner say to you about the game and the hopeful outcome.”

 

Flacco:  “Well, you know, actually, I only talked to him a little bit before this game, but before the New England game, you know, he 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.” (audience laughs)

 

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.”

 

            Letterman also asked Flacco about his teammate Ray Lewis, who is retiring from football after this season:

 

Letterman:  “Now, tell me about this guy Ray Lewis?  What’s his deal?”

 

Flacco: (laughs) “Well, half the time, I don’t know, but…”

 

Letterman:  “And why wouldn’t you?” (audience laughs)

 

Flacco: “But come Sunday and, you know, he’s been playing – he’s been doing it for 17 years, so come Sunday, he has something special and great teammate throughout the week, so.”

 

Letterman: “Is he the spiritual leader of the team?

 

Flacco:  “Ah, yeah, I mean, he’s the leader in many ways, and that definitely being one of them.

 

Letterman:  “And he uses deer hoof spray or something, what is it?” (audience, Letterman laugh)

 

Flacco: (laughs) “You have to ask him about that one, man!”

 

            Letterman also got Flacco’s thoughts on yesterday’s unexpected power outage at the Superdome during the big game:

 

Letterman:  “When the lights went out, did you find that unnerving?  I found that unnerving – I wasn’t anywhere near Louisiana.”

 

Flacco:  “I just thought it was a little strange.  It was kind of funny.  I mean, some of our guys had a good time with it.  Jacoby [Jones] is from New Orleans, so he started to look into the crowd and get them all going and had a lot of fun with it.  We didn’t play too well afterwards, but…” (audience laughs)

 

Letterman:  “That’s what I wonder about because – ”

 

Flacco:  “Yeah, I don’t know if that was the reason.”

 

Letterman:  “When the lights go out, its 28-6, it’s just out of halftime and bang, zoom, we’re 28-6, the lights go out.  You don’t find that suspicious?”

 

Flacco:  “Believe me, don’t get me started.  My dad is a big conspiracy theorist, so, you know, that’s the last thing we need to talk about.” (audience laughs)

 

Letterman:  “I would think that maybe – is that the kind of thing that John’s brother, Jim [Harbaugh] might have been up to?” (audience laughs)

 

Flacco:  “Hey, being an older brother and having a lot of younger ones, that’s definitely something they would do.”

 

            Flacco’s entire interview can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

            Also appearing on the LATE SHOW tonight are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, making his first visit to the broadcast, and a performance from Elvis Presley tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter.

 

            The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated.  Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

 

RATING: TV-PG (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

 

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