BRENHAM, Texas -- Former Blinn College punter John David Baker will be recognized as a member of the University of North Texas all-century team this weekend as the Mean Green prepares to host Idaho in its season opener.
Baker and the rest of the all-century team will be recognized during a banquet Friday night, and UNT has memorialized the all-century roster in “The North Texas All-Century Team Commemorative Book,” a 50-page full-color edition that also covers the entire history of Mean Green football.
To fill the 28-man all-century roster, more than 120 players and coaches were named as finalists. Fans then voted on the team, submitting more than 11,000 votes, before a final selection committee made up of longtime UNT football observers, media and members of the athletic department determined the final roster.
Baker played one season at Blinn College before transferring to North Texas. In 1997, Baker averaged 47.2 yards per kick for the second-best average in the nation and a new school record.
In 1998, he was the leading returning punter in the nation. He averaged 42.2 yards per kick, then topped that his senior season with a 43.1-yard average, resulting in a school-record career average of 44.0 yards per punt. Baker had 52 punts inside the 20-yard line and 53 kicks of 50 yards or more. His single-season and career averages remain the gold standard at North Texas.
Baker was a three-time Big West all-conference player. He was named to the Associated Press third-team All-America team in 1997 and third-team All-America team by The Football News in 1999. In 2000, he was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams and played in the Super Bowl.
Baker currently serves as president of the Buccaneer Alumni Lettermen Association, a nonprofit organization that encourages support for and participation in Blinn College’s educational and athletic programs.
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