Jersey Shore's Pauly D at Polar Bear Plunge

SANDY POINT - The Jersey Shore flavor arrived in Maryland on Saturday with reality television star Pauly D spinning hip-hop tunes while a large crowd of girls pumped their fists in tune to the beat at the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Pauly D is actually from Providence, R.I., a point that Baltimore Ravens quarterback and South Jersey native Joe Flacco was quick to point out when asked about the ultra-coiffed DJ.

"Pauly D is from Rhode Island," Flacco said with a smile after taking the plunge Saturday afternoon at Sandy Point State Park. "He's a transplant. It's awesome. I heard people weren't even dancing. I heard they were looking up at him in amazement. It's pretty cool for him to be out here."

Speaking of cool, a shivering Flacco was rushed to his trailer to change into warm clothes. Known as Joe Cool, Flacco was literally ice-cold Saturday in 32-degree temperatures.

The NFL quarterback got a big round of applause from fans when he dove head-first into the Chesapeake Bay, braving the icy waters.

"It was cold," Flacco said. "It took my breath away. I just tried to get in there as quickly as possible and get out as quickly as possible." This was the 15th consecutive year the event has been held to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. There was a big crowd of roughly 25,000 attending with $3 million raised for the charity.

"Oh definitely, I think you can see how many people are out here supporting it," Flacco said, "and how many people really care about this."

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