Baas at 49ers training camp, August 2010
|Guard / Center|
|Date of birth:September 28, 1981|
|Place of birth: Bixby, Oklahoma|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* San Francisco 49ers ( 2005– 2010)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Super Bowl Champion (XLVI)|
David Andrew Baas (born September 28, 1981) is a former American football center. He played college football for the University of Michigan, and was recognized as a consensus All-American and the top college center. The San Francisco 49ers selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLVI championship team against the New England Patriots.
Baas was born in Bixby, Oklahoma. He attended Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, and was a letterman in high school football and track and field for the Riverview Rams. In football, he was awarded USA Today All-USA honors. During his junior year, he recorded a school-record 70 pancake blocks.
Baas attended the University of Michigan, where he played for coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team from 2001 to 2004. He earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors three times. He started at left guard until the middle of his senior season, when he was moved to center. As a senior in 2004, he was the Hugh H. Rader awardee as the Wolverines' best offensive lineman, a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to college football's best interior lineman, and a co-recipient of the Rimington Trophy, awarded to college football's top center. He was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2004. He majored in general studies.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers drafted Baas in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played in 13 games in 2005 and started in 5 of them. Baas' first game was in the historical Mexico City game on October 2 against the Arizona Cardinals as a special teams player. On December 4, he made his first start as a right guard against the same Cardinals team when Eric Heitmann was moved to center.
Baas played in all 16 games in 2006, mainly as a special teams player and as an extra eligible tackle on the offensive line.
He was re-signed to a one-year contract on April 13, 2010.
New York Giants
In the August 18, 2013 preseason game against the Colts, David Baas sprained his MCL in the first quarter and underwent an MRI and additional tests.The Giants reported Baas could be out for 3–6 weeks. The Giants fell to the Colts 20-12 in the game. Due to injuries, Baas appeared in only 3 games for the Giants during the 2013 regular season, the last being a week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings. In that game, he suffered a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve following the game.
On March 10, 2014, Baas was waived/failed physical from the Giants, designated as a post-June 1 cut. It was reported Baas may never play again due to neck and knee injuries.
Baas played center during his tenure with the Giants
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- "Giants deal with offensive lineman David Baas is a five-year, $27.5-million contract". http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_deal_with_offensive_lin.html.
- "New York Giants’ David Baas Reportedly Suffers Sprained MCL; Could Miss 3-6 Weeks". http://www.sportsmedia101.com/newyorkgiants/2013/08/19/new-york-giants-david-baas-reportedly-suffers-sprained-mcl-could-miss-3-6-weeks/.
- "Giants place C David Baas on IR". http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24128598/giants-place-c-david-baas-on-ir.
- "Giants designate David Baas 'waived/failed physical', make him post-June 1 cut". http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2014/03/giants_designate_david_baas_waivedfailed_physical_make_him_post-june_1_cut.html.
- Sartor, Michelle. "Giant From Ridgewood Surprises Students: David Baas and two New York Giant teammates visited Westwood Jr./Sr. High School Tuesday to promote physical fitness", Ridgewood Patch, September 14, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Ridgewood resident and New York Giant David Baas and two teammates gave eighth-graders at Westwood Jr./Sr. High School quite a pleasant surprise Tuesday afternoon when they appeared on the new football field to join in on a phys-ed class."
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