World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Sam Baker (offensive tackle)

Sam Baker
Baker walking with the USC Trojans
No. -- Free agent
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-30) May 30, 1985
Place of birth: Tustin, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Tustin (CA)
College: Southern California
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Games played: 70
Games started: 61
Stats at NFL.com

Samuel David Baker (born May 30, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was a three-time All-American. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In his 7th season with the Falcons, Baker tore his patellar ligament and sat out the 2014 NFL Season[1]

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Atlanta Falcons 3.1
  • Personal 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Baker was born in Tustin, California. He graduated from Tustin High School, where Frostee Rucker, Matt McCoy, Chris Chester, and DeShaun Foster went. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

Baker (#79) in the huddle during a 2006 game

Baker attended the University of Southern California, where he played for coach Pete Carroll's USC Trojans football team from 2003 to 2007. He was a first-team All-American as a redshirt sophomore in 2005.

He was on the official 2006 watch list for the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy for the best lineman. In his collegiate career Baker blocked for Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. He was named a first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection by the league's coaches in 2005 and 2006.[2] He was a recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and CBSSports.com.

Going into his fourth year as a starter, Baker was on the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists. He was ranked as one of the "Top 20 Players Heading Into 2007" by Sports Illustrated.[3] Before his final season in 2007, Baker was already regarded by most NFL scouts as a certain top-five player in the 2008 NFL Draft.[4]

During the 2007 season, Baker took on a leadership role in the offensive line, taking over the reins from departed senior Ryan Kalil and providing motivation as well as helping teach younger players.[5]

Despite suffering from injuries that held him out of games, Baker was again a first-team All-Pac-10 selection for his third consecutive year.[6] Baker was also named Walter Camp first-team All-American in 2007.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Baker signs an autograph in the 2008 "Roam the Dome" event at the Georgia Dome.

Sam Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (21st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft after the Falcons traded two of their second-round picks (No. 34 and No. 48) and a fourth round pick (No. 103) with the Washington Redskins to move to No. 21 overall. On July 25, he signed a multi-year contract. In his rookie year, 2008, Baker started 5 games. On March 13, 2013, Baker re-signed with the Falcons for six years worth $41.5 million, including $18.25 million guaranteed.

Baker's career has been marred by injuries and he has only competed in all 16 games in two seasons (2010 and 2012). He played in four games in 2013 before suffering a torn left patella tendon which sidelined him for the rest of the year.In the second game of the 2014 preseason, Baker suffered a torn patella tendon injury in his right knee, which ended his season.[7] Baker was released on June 15, 2015.[8]

Personal

Baker is the son of former Arena Football League commissioner C. David Baker. Sam married his wife, Antoinette, in 2008.

References

  1. ^ Brinson, Will (August 17, 2014). "Falcons T Sam Baker has torn patella tendon, out for season". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ The awards are voted on by Pac-10 coaches. 2006 All Pac-10 team, scout.com, November 27, 2006.
  3. ^ Top 20 Players Heading Into 2007, CNNSI.com, April 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Len Pasquarelli, Good protection is hard to find, ESPN.com, May 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Gary Klein, Top of the line, Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2007.
  6. ^ Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced, Pacific 10 Conference, December 3, 2007.
  7. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (August 17, 2014). "Sam Baker out for year with torn patellar tendon". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Alper, Josh. "Falcons release Sam Baker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 

External links

  • Atlanta Falcons bio
  • USC Trojans bio
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.