Huge banners hung by the NFL at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to promote Thursday’s annual “Kickoff” event pitting the Broncos and Ravens have prompted much ire from Colorado folk. Flacco, who has been the center of the bitterness, said he embraces the hate.
“Being hated is not a bad thing,” Flacco told reporters Sunday. “I don’t know if I’ll be too popular for this, but I don’t know how I really feel about Johnny Manziel. But I feel like now everybody hates him. He’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”
Flacco finding the flashy Manziel his favorite seems like a Jazz musician digging twerking, but Flacco understands unfounded animosity when he sees it.
“I don’t know if its deserved towards me but I happen to be the guy they put up there,” Flacco said in an earlier conference call with Denver beat writers, per the Denver Post. “I don’t think people here or anybody in our city would be too happy if we had somebody else from a different team on our stadium. I wouldn’t expect anything different but all the people in Denver to be pretty upset about it.”
Thankfully, on Thursday this national nightmare will be put to rest, with an actual football game that has actual meaning.