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Ryan Baker
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Ryan Baker - 12-30-2009
No. --     Free Agent
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-25) November 25, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Tackles     7
Sacks     0.5
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Edward Baker (born November 25, 1984 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American football defensive end free agent who formerly played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Purdue.

Early yearsEdit

Baker started off his career at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Indiana where he won several awards, including the 2004 Indianapolis Star 'Athlete of the Year'.[1] He was a four year two-way starter and two-time team captain for the Bishop Chatard Trojans. He led the team to three consecutive Indiana high school football class 3A State Championships in the 2001, 2002, and 2003 seasons.[2] He was runner-up 2003 Mr. Indiana Football behind Desmond Tardy, of Warren Central High School and participated in the 2004 Indiana All-Star Game.[3] Baker was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl East Football team, along with former Dolphins teammates Ted Ginn and Chad Henne.[4] Baker was the recipient of the 2004 Doc Blanchard Award for excellence in community service, education, and athletic distinction.[5]

Baker was also a four year starter and member of the 2003 Bishop Chatard Indiana high school basketball 3A state championship team[6] along with his childhood friend Dan Cage. At that time, Bishop Chatard was only the second high school in Indiana history to win both a state championship in football and basketball in the same academic year.

College careerEdit

RecruitmentEdit

During the 2003-2004 college recruiting season, Baker verbally committed to join the University of Notre Dame football program under head coach Tyrone Willingham. The Notre Dame football program publicly announced the commitment though Baker had not submitted his official commitment papers. About seven weeks following the incident, Baker committed to joining the Purdue University football program, under head coach Joe Tiller, by submitting formal commitment papers to Purdue University.[7]


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ryan Baker
DE
Indianapolis, Indiana Bishop Chatard 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.8 Mar 24,
2004 
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Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14 (DE)   Rivals: 11 (DE), 2 (IN)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
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Baker, also being an accomplished basketball player, was recruited by Division I basketball programs. He often received scholarship offers from both the Basketball and Football programs of the same university. Though he was a successful multi-sport athlete, Baker chose to focus solely on Football.

"Ryan is the epitome of a Boilermaker student-athlete. No one works harder than he does - in the classroom, the weight room, the playing field. There are high-motor guys, and then there is 'Bakes.' He takes it to another level."

- Purdue University Head Coach Joe Tiller, October 2, 2008.[8]

PurdueEdit

Baker played college football at Purdue University (2004–2008). He was co-captain along with Curtis Painter, and Jermaine Guynn[9] for the 2008 football season and his position of specialty was defensive tackle.[10] During each home game of the 2008 season, "The Boilermaker" statue bore the number 90 jersey in honor of Baker's indomitable spirit and Boilermaker style of football.

Baker graduated from the Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a Bachelor's degree in Management in December 2008.

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

"He went in the game and did what Ryan does every day...hustled, went a million miles per hour and found the football."

- Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano concerning Baker's professional debut, November 30, 2009.[11]

2009Edit

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Baker signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2009. He was waived by the Dolphins during final cuts on September 5 and subsequently re-signed to the team's practice squad. Baker made his professional debut against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009, after being signed to the active roster the previous day, recording a quarterback sack his second play from scrimmage.

“He’s an amoeba. He’s got no bones in his body...I’ll tell you what I love about this guy...If you give him that job, now whatever job you give to Ryan Baker, he’s going to do it 200%."

- Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano concerning Ryan Baker’s versatility, November 4, 2010.[12]

2010Edit

Baker was waived during final cuts on September 4, 2010 and re-signed to the Dolphins' practice squad. He was soon reinstated to the active roster on September 18 after the team waived defensive end Rob Rose.[13]

2011Edit

Baker was released from the team during week four of the season, on September 28, 2011, to make room for running back Steve Slaton.[14] Baker was resigned to the team on November 30, 2011 and Igor Olshansky was subsequently released.[15]

2012Edit

On March 20, 2012 Baker was re-signed to a one-year contract. On August 31, 2012 he was released from the team during final cuts and later re-signed to the team during the second week of the season on September 12, 2012 in order to serve in a reserve role in place of the injured Tony McDaniel.[16] Baker was again released from the reserve role during the third week of the season on September 18, 2012 and the team subsequently signed former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Andre Fluellen.[17]

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Personal lifeEdit

FamilyEdit

Baker married his high school sweetheart Susanah Fox Acheson at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 16, 2011.[18] Susanah serves as the Vice President for the Ryan Baker Foundation.

The Ryan Baker FoundationEdit

During the summer, The Ryan Baker Foundation hosts the annual Ryan Baker Football Camp for youth football players in the Indianapolis area.[19]

PublicationsEdit

Baker and his wife Susanah appeared on the cover of Indiana Living Green magazine December 2012 edition; the article was titled "Feeding a Pro Football Player — Organically".

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Indianapolis Star, Jun 13, 2004, PAT MCKEE, “The Indianapolis Star Athletes of the Year: Ryan Baker; Bishop Chatard” C.11 (no longer available online)
  2. IHSAA Football Historical Information – State Champions
  3. The 2004 Methodist Sports Medicine South All-Star High School Football Team
  4. U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni
  5. U.S. Army All-American Bowl - Awards
  6. IHSAA Basketball Historical Information – State Champions
  7. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/news/story?id=1767872 ESPN - Baker selects Purdue over Notre Dame
  8. "Mr. Boiler-Baker". purduesports.com. http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/100208aaa.html#_. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  9. 2008 PURDUE FOOTBALL ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
  10. Purdue Official Athletic Site
  11. "Miami Dolphins' run defense must step up against New England Patriots". MiamiHerald.com. http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/12/02/1360926/miami-dolphins-run-defense-must.html. Retrieved 07 September 2010.
  12. "Coach Sparano Press Briefing & Transcript". miamidolphins.com. http://www.miamidolphins.com/promotions/coach-sparano-press-briefing-transcript-11410. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  13. Dolphins add defensive lineman from practice squad
  14. With Dolphins still winless, Reggie Bush knows the time is now to turn things around
  15. Miami Dolphins waive K Shayne Graham, Carpenter set to return
  16. Miami Dolphins re-sign Ryan Baker
  17. Former Lions DT Andre Fluellen signs with Dolphins; reserve Ryan Baker waived
  18. Online Wedding Announcement
  19. Chatard grad Baker comes back, gives back

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