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Fans And Locals React To Win In Flacco’s Hometown Of Audubon, NJ

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By Robin Rieger

AUDUBON, NJ (CBS) – “Flacco can’t be beat, turning up the head!”

Audubon High School’s cheerleaders are loud and proud for the world champion Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback, Joe Flacco, who was also the game’s MVP.

“There’s a buzz,” said Ralph Schiavo, Flacco’s former football coach. “When he held up the trophy, I got to admit – I got choked up. It was something I never felt before. It was pretty spectacular.”

After watching Sunday night’s Super Bowl locally, Flacco fans woke up with a happiness hangover.

At his alma mater, people who know him said they’re pinching themselves.

“It’s storybook, you know. You’re standing in a place where the guy who’s the Super Bowl MVP walked through the halls and participated in athletics,” said Audubon School District Superintendent Don Borden.

“It was really exciting. I feel so good for him and his family,” agreed retired physical education teacher Diane Guida.

“It’s definitely a good feeling, a proud feeling, especially because he came from this town and this school,” said Audubon quarterback and senior Adin Borden.

Throughout Audubon, support for Flacco and the Ravens was on homes and businesses, and in the hearts of the people at the Legacy Diner, where the owner said the Flacco family often dines.

“You feel really good, because you know you got somebody here doing something great,” said Minnie Austin, of Camden.

The spotlight will be on Flacco again on Monday, right after Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.

“That was very exciting to hear he’s going to be doing [David] Letterman,” said Audubon mayor John Ward. “The whole town will be watching.”

“Super Bowl MVP, Audubon High School,” said Nick Bacos at the Legacy Diner.

They’re titles that sound good together, like some other pairings we’re hearing.

“Super Joe!” said Daniel Chaplick, of Haddonfield.

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