Dallas Baker
Baylor Bears
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1982-11-10) November 10, 1982 (age 41)
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:New Smyrna Beach (FL)
Northfield Mt. Hermon (MA)
NFL draft:2007 / Round: 7 / Pick: 227
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
  • Warner (2015–2016)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Marshall (2017–2020)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Buffalo (2021)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Baylor (2022–present)
    Wide receivers coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:6
Receiving touchdowns:0
Career CFL statistics
Receiving yards:300
Receiving average:13.0
Receiving touchdowns:0
Career Arena statistics
Receiving yards:1,303
Receiving average:12.77
Receiving touchdowns:25
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR · CFL.ca (archive) · ArenaFan.com

Dallas Leon Baker (born November 10, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver. Baker played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he has played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League (AFL). As a member of the Steelers, he won Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals. He is currently the wide receivers coach at Baylor University.

Early years

Baker was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and attended New Smyrna Beach High School, where he was a star wide receiver for the New Smyrna Beach Barracudas high school football team.[1] In 2001, he set the single season Barracudas' record with seventeen touchdowns, 67 catches and 1,142 yards [1] He attended Northfield Mount Hermon School for a postgraduate year. Dallas led NMH to the New England championship in football, losing to Kent 42-7, and was a standout player on NMH's basketball team. Baker graduated from NMH in 2002.

College career

Baker accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Ron Zook and coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football teams from 2003 to 2006.[2] He originally signed to play for the Gators in February 2001 as a member of what would become coach Steve Spurrier's final recruiting class at Florida, but due to NCAA academic eligibility issues, Baker instead enrolled at Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in Massachusetts, for one year. While at Mt. Hermon, Baker led his team to the New England Championship game. After Spurrier left Florida for the NFL and Zook was hired to replace him, Baker stuck with Florida and enrolled as a partial-qualifier in 2002.

Urban Meyer's hiring at Florida three seasons later marked a turning point in Baker's career at Florida. In 2005, he made fifty-six receptions, doubling his total from the previous season. Afterward, Baker's college grades were good enough to earn back the year of eligibility lost to the partial qualification.

As a senior team captain in 2006, Baker delivered career highs for receptions (60), receiving yards (920), and receiving touchdowns (10), and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. Baker's 25-yard touchdown catch provided the winning margin in the Gators' 21–14 victory over the rival Florida State Seminoles. The following week, the Gators defeated Arkansas to win the SEC Championship Game for the first time in six years. The Gators would go on to rout the heavily favored Ohio State Buckeyes and capture their second national championship, with Baker catching a touchdown pass for the Gators first score in their 41–14 victory in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Throughout his college career, the college football analysts on ESPN called him "Dallas Baker, Touchdown Maker," hearkening back to his nickname from his New Smyrna Beach High School days.

He graduated from the University of Florida in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 3+18 in
(1.91 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
36+12 in
(0.93 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.59 s 1.58 s 2.66 s 4.19 s 6.69 s 36.0 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Baker in the seventh round (227th pick overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.[5] He played for the Steelers from 2007 to 2009.[6] He was cut by the Steelers on September 1, 2007, but quickly re-joined the organization as a member of the practice squad on September 2.

Baker made the Steelers' 53-man roster out of training camp in 2008. He played in eight games, recording one catch for six yards, before being waived on November 15 to make room for cornerback Roy Lewis; the Steelers' re-signed Baker to their practice squad on November 19.

Baker signed a future contract with the Steelers in February 2009. He was released in final cuts on September 5, 2009.

Jacksonville Sharks

Baker joined the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League in the early part of the 2010 season, making his AFL debut in the third game of the season against the Orlando Predators.


Baker signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on April 5, 2011.[7] On August 8, 2011, he was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Luc Mullinder.[8]


Baker was the Wide Receivers Coach at Warner University, a Christian college in Lake Wales, Florida. On March 10, 2017, Baker accepted the position of Wide Receivers Coach at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.[9]

On May 15, 2021 Buffalo head coach Maurice Linguist hired Baker as Wide Receiver's Coach.[10]

In January 2022, Baker was hired as the wide receivers coach by Dave Aranda at Baylor.[11]

Football family

Baker is the nephew of Wes Chandler, who is a former All-American Gator wide receiver, NFL standout and professional football coach. Baker's younger brother Perry Baker is a professional rugby sevens player and represented the USA in the 2016 Olympics.

See also


  1. ^ a b GatorZone.com, Football History, 2006 Roster, Dallas Baker Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived May 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 67, 88, 89, 95, 97, 100, 105, 116, 138, 141–142, 145, 151–152, 154, 176 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dallas Baker Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  4. ^ "Dallas Baker, Florida, WR, 2007 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  5. ^ "2007 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  6. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Dallas Baker. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Montreal Alouettes, The Team Roster, Dallas Baker Archived July 8, 2012, at archive.today. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  8. ^ "Riderville.com | Official Site of the Saskatchewan Roughriders". www.riderville.com. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Baker Named Wide Receivers Coach at Marshall". Archived from the original on April 12, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Thomson, Jaylen. "Report: Dallas Baker named Buffalo Bulls receiver coach". 247Sports. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  11. ^ Brice, John (January 28, 2022). "Sources: Dave Aranda adding former Florida star to Baylor offensive staff". footballscoop.com. Football Scoop. Retrieved January 28, 2022.