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Old friends Agnone, Flacco meet as rivals
BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--Robbie Agnone probably could have served his football team in more productive ways. It was five years ago, though, so he can chuckle about it now.
Drenched in sweat following the Washington Redskins' practice on Sunday, Agnone sat on a bench at Redskins Park and reminisced about how he spent his afternoons as a redshirt freshman quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh.
He vividly recalled one of his main practice duties: holding the helmet of and fetching water for the second-string quarterback, Joe Flacco.
"I knew him real well," Agnone said with a smile.
The tale of Agnone and Flacco's friendship begins there, winds its way through two separate universities and continues tonight when Agnone's Redskins travel north to play Flacco's Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener for both teams.
You see, if anyone could have forecast Flacco's rise to NFL prominence, it was Agnone (pronounced AG-known), who now plays tight end. They were teammates at both Pitt and the University of Delaware after transferring within a year of each other. They were roommates at Delaware.
While many fans had their doubts when the Ravens drafted Flacco 18th overall last season, Agnone wasn't surprised when his friend helped guide the Ravens to the AFC championship game.
"I've seen a few NFL quarterbacks, and he's one of the most talented," Agnone said. "When you're around him every day, you see the things he does and how accurate he is. When we were at Delaware in practice, it was very rare to get a ball that wasn't just on the money. And he can make every throw. That's what I knew."
RIVALS TO FRIENDS
Flacco arrived at Pitt one year before Agnone, and the two were behind quarterback Tyler Palko on the depth chart.