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Food FYI: Joe Flacco signs $120-million deal, goes to McDonald's

March 05, 2013|By Betty Hallock
  • Joe Flacco buys Chicken McNuggets after signing his $120-million NFL deal.
Joe Flacco buys Chicken McNuggets after signing his $120-million NFL deal. (Harry How / AFP/Getty Images )

In the days before Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed his $120-million six-year NFL contract, speculation mounted about how he might celebrate (go back to Vegas? Disneyland? family pizza party?). And the first thing he does after filing the biggest contract in NFL history?

He headed to McDonald's in Aberdeen, Md., on the way to his house in New Jersey and ordered a 10-piece Chicken McNugget meal with fries and unsweetened tea for $6.99, according to the McDonald's employee at the drive-through window who snapped his picture.

"I kept saying to the people I work with, 'Doesn't that look like Joe Flacco?'" Sherry Norman, who works at the McDonald's, said to ESPN, which reported the fast-food stop Monday. "And then he turned towards the window and it was him."

Norman asked Flacco if she could take his picture, and he agreed and flashed a smile. 

ESPN points out that after Jeff Van Gundy signed a two-year extension in 1996 as head coach of the New York Knicks, he drove to McDonald's in his Honda Civic, and after winning the 2010 Masters, Phil Mickelson bought doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme in Augusta, Ga.

Flacco's contract included a $29-million signing bonus and a guarantee of $52 million over the life of the contract.

And after an endorsement deal he signed in January, the Super Bowl MVP already has a lifetime supply of gummy bears.

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