Former NFL defensive lineman says his ‘life almost ended’ after ‘serious’ stroke

 

Former NFL defensive lineman Chris Baker says he suffered a stroke in which his “life almost ended.”

The 35-year-old required emergency surgery for the stroke, which his mother told TMZ Sports was “serious.”

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Washington’s Chris Baker (92) celebrates after a sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on December 19, 2016, at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.
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“tell your loved ones you love ’em, my life almost ended 2days [sic] ago,” Baker wrote in a since-expired Instagram Stories.

“I can’t believe I had a stroke,” he continued. “But God not done with me yet.”

Baker suffered the stroke on Friday and had been connected to IVs in the hospital.

Chris Baker #92 celebrates winning the NFC East division against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
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His mother added that he is responding well and is expected to make a full recovery, calling it a “miracle.”

He went undrafted out of Hampton University in 2009 after previously playing at Penn State. He played one game for the Denver Broncos that year and one for the Miami Dolphins in 2010, but he spent six seasons with Washington. He last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chris Baker #92 on the sidelines during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.
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In 93 career games, he recorded 214 tackles and 12 sacks. He started in 55 contests.