David Baker retires as president of Hall of Fame

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A day after rampant rumors that Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker would be leaving the job, Baker has announced his retirement.

Baker said in the announcement that he will “return to his home, family and business projects in California and Nevada.”

The retirement is effective immediately. However, he will continue to represent the Hall of Fame at “Ring of Excellence” ceremonies for the remainder of the current schedule. He’ll be in Pittsburgh tomorrow night, for example.

Like many sudden and abrupt departures, this one will trigger plenty of speculation as to whether the stated reason is the real reason. Of all weeks, which began with the sudden and abrupt resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, many will wonder whether there’s something else going on.

Frankly, that’s why, even if this was planned well in advance, it would have been smart to let the Gruden/WFT news cycle die down a bit before announcing the decision. With Baker still making the public appearances, he could have quietly retired now, and the move could have been announced later, at the right time to minimize any speculation regarding whether it was fully and completely voluntary.

14 responses to “David Baker retires as president of Hall of Fame

  1. I’ve met Baker. He’s pure class. I hope it’s not health related and I pray it’s not an email thing.
    Few things in sports give me the chills more than watching Baker knock on someone’s hotel room door to let them know they made the HOF…

  2. I just turned 71. I am retiring in 2 weeks.

    Very gradual decline in 40 years of skills and can no longer make up for the faster decline in energy the last 4 years.

    Unlike Tom Brady, Father Time has convinced me.

  3. beezee96740 says:
    October 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm
    I just turned 71. I am retiring in 2 weeks.

    Very gradual decline in 40 years of skills and can no longer make up for the faster decline in energy the last 4 years.

    Unlike Tom Brady, Father Time has convinced me.
    ——–
    Hey, good job. I hope I’m still able-bodied and and physically fit enough to work into my 60s or maybe even 70. I work in construction though, so 70s aren’t very realistic for my job. I hope I’m financially able to retire before that.

  4. Maybe we consider leaving the guy alone and let him retire. Why would he stay involved with ceremonies if he was being pushed out !!

  5. This giant of a man drove the Arena League into the ground. I’m deadset convinced he got these gigs based on his massive size alone.

  6. I’m planning on retiring Monday, before all my racist e-mails get out. Is this where we are!?! Seriously!?!

  7. You think this guy had bad emails? It’s not like the hall of fame is some sort of organization that picks and chooses who they’re going to let into some sort of good ol’ boys club based on their own arbitrary reasons.

    Oh wait…

  8. It’s obvious that there are incriminating emails that will soon surface where he sexually harassed Jon Gruden.

  9. Guy seems classy. Looking at his weight and size, would think he is doing for health reasons at his 68 y/o age. Guy actually never played football in college – was a hooper. Good luck Mr Baker.

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