NFL Hall of Hame guy is David Baker, 180kg giant making legends cry
He was one of the most inspirational and omnipresent figures of the NFL playoffs over the weekend, but he wasn’t Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes or Packers play-caller Aaron Rodgers or Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.
So who exactly is David Baker, the towering guy who made American football icons Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson tear up on television this weekend?
Baker is the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he surprised the two legendary coaches and current TV studio analysts with the on-air revelations that they will be part of this summer’s class for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Johnson’s reaction in particular was awesome as he became overcome with emotion.
Baker’s colourful attire also impressed the internet, with many on social media commenting on his his red and blue suits.
The 2.05m, 180kg Baker is a former European pro basketball player who has run the Hall of Fame — and personally informed inductees about their gold-jacket selections with knocks on their hotel doors during Super Bowl weekend — since 2014.
Baker, 66, played basketball at the University of California, Irvine, in the 1970s and for two years professionally in Switzerland before serving as a city councilman in Irvine in the 1980s.
In 1988, he was convicted of forging a $48,000 cheque during a failed bid for Congress but was sentenced only to community service and a one-year suspended jail sentence.
He went on to become a team owner and, for 12 years, the commissioner of the Arena Football League — before it went bankrupt.
Baker’s son Sam was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, but the offensive lineman’s six-year NFL career was cut short due to knee injuries.
Another son, Ben, is the Director of Broadcasting for NASCAR.
Originally published as 2.05m, 180kg giant makes NFL legends cry