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In The Office: David Baker

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David Baker stands by a photo featuring son Sam when he was an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons.
All photos by SHAWN WOOD / PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME


Windows lining the wall of David Baker’s office provide a direct view of the $137 million renovation of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, where the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game will be played Thursday.

It’s a big job, which makes Baker, a mountain of a man at 6-foot-9, the right guy to handle it. Inside the office, some of the items reflect Baker’s oversized sense of fun.

For instance, Baker is a big Will Ferrell fan, and the phrase “I’m kind of a big deal” comes from Ferrell’s 2004 movie “Anchorman.” Hall staffers gave Baker some goodies bearing the quote as a joke, and to help keep things in perspective. “It’s a phrase we use around the Hall that keeps us humble,” Baker said.

This golden football launched the Super Bowl 50 program, which began at Canton.
The medallion, with the word “forever,” that’s affixed to hall of famers’ gravestones.
Baker’s a big deal.
Heart from wife Colleen, photo with young sons.
Shovels were part of ceremonial groundbreaking for the stadium renovation and construction of a new hotel.
David’s desk, which includes an oversized chair. He was named president of the hall in January 2014.
Son Ben gave Baker a framed copy of a Teddy Roosevelt speech.
Baker is devoted to his fountain pen.
In a weight-loss challenge with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Baker sends his friend treats to “tip the scales.”
Framed quotation
Gavel a gift from COO George Veras after announcement of $700M Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village project.




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