Doug Baldwin (American football)

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Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin Super Bowl XLVIII pregame.jpg
Baldwin with the Seattle Seahawks
No. 89 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-21) September 21, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Gulf Breeze (FL)
College: Stanford
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 196
Receiving yards: 2,757
Receiving TDs: 15
Stats at NFL.com

Douglas Dewayne "Doug" Baldwin, Jr. (born September 21, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Stanford University.

Early years[edit]

Doug Baldwin grew up in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He played youth football and ran track in Pensacola, Florida with Alfred Morris, the current starting running back for the Washington Redskins.[1] He has one full blooded younger brother named Devon.[2] He played football for Gulf Breeze High School.[3] As a senior, Baldwin had 42 receptions for 682 yards (16.2 avg.) with 6 touchdowns.[citation needed]

In track & field, Baldwin competed in the jumping events, recording top-jumps of 1.94 meters in the high jump and 6.65 meters in long jump.

College career[edit]

Baldwin played wide receiver at Stanford from 2007-2010. He led the Cardinal in receiving yards and touchdowns his senior year.

Career statistics[edit]

Collegiate Career Receiving Statistics
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD Long
2007 Stanford Cardinal 12 11 93 8.5 0 20
2008 Stanford Cardinal 12 23 332 14.4 4 61
2009 Stanford Cardinal 7 4 78 19.5 0 36
2010 Stanford Cardinal 12 58 857 14.8 9 81
Total 43 96 1360 14.2 13 81
Collegiate Career Returning Statistics
Year Team PR Yards Long TD KR Yards Long TD
2007 Stanford Cardinal 2 15 17 0 24 555 42 0
2008 Stanford Cardinal 29 155 38 0 2 25 21 0
2009 Stanford Cardinal 5 4 8 0 1 64 64 0
2010 Stanford Cardinal 12 37 22 0 3 62 24 0
Total 48 211 38 0 30 706 64 0

Professional career[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Despite leading Stanford in receiving yards that year Baldwin went undrafted and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the end of the 2011 NFL lockout to a 3-year deal worth 1.4 million.[4]

Baldwin caught his first NFL touchdown in Week 1 of the 2011 season against the San Francisco 49ers. He was 4th in rookie reception yardage in the 2011 NFL season, and led the team both in receiving yards and receptions. He also made the USA Today All-Joe Team for players who are talented and had put up good numbers, but did not receive a Pro Bowl bid. He became the first undrafted rookie free agent to lead his team in receptions and yards receiving since the AFL-NFL merger.

2012 season[edit]

He changed his number from #15 to #89 for the 2012 NFL season due to the incoming Matt Flynn to the Seahawks.[5] After Week 1 of the 2012 season, Baldwin required dental surgery after diving for a pass.[6] He suffered a shoulder injury during practice prior to Week 3, and also suffered a high ankle sprain during a punt return in Week 7, both of which kept him out the following week.[7][8]

Baldwin in a 2013 game against the St. Louis Rams.

2013 season & Super Bowl XLVIII[edit]

Baldwin caught a career-high 5 touchdowns in 2013 and was second on the team in receptions and yards.

Baldwin before the start of Super Bowl XLVIII.

In Super Bowl XLVIII, he led the Seahawks receiving corp with 5 receptions for 66 yards and a TD.

Prior to the Super Bowl former NFL wide receiver, Cris Carter, made comments about the quality of the Seattle receiving core. After the game, Doug Baldwin said: "OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear," he said. "Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense." "That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it."[9]

2014 season[edit]

On March 7, 2014, the Seahawks placed a one-year, second round tender worth $2.187 million on Baldwin,[10] but he never signed it.[11] On May 29, Baldwin would sign a new two-year, $13 million contract, which included the one-year tender offered to him earlier making his contract extension a total of three years.[12][13][14] Baldwin became the primary receiving threat on the Seahawks after the team traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets.[15] Baldwin had his second career regular-season 100 yard game in week 7 against the St. Louis Rams, reeling in 7 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. In week 14, Baldwin had 5 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, and also drew a long pass interference penalty, in a 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He would catch another 7 passes in week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, going for 113 yards. His 66 receptions and 825 receiving yards for the season were both career highs. In the divisional round against the Carolina Panthers, Baldwin would catch a 16-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game in an eventual 31-17 victory. In the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, Baldwin had 6 catches for 106 yards, including a 35-yard catch in overtime immediately preceding the game-winning touchdown by the Seahawks.[16] Baldwin also took over kick return duties in this game due to injury, fumbling once and averaging just 19.3 yards on three returns. In Super Bowl XLIX, Baldwin was held to 1 catch for 3 yards and scored Seattle's last touchdown of the season as they failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Baldwin celebrated the touchdown with a vulgar pantomime that earned a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, and gained significant attention on social media. He commented after the game that the celebration was directed at a group, who were not present at the game.[17] He was later fined $11,025 for his actions by the NFL.[18] The Seahawks would not score again in the game, and went on to lose 28-24 to the New England Patriots. Baldwin would later apologize for the incident, clarifying that the gesture was directed at opposing star CB Darrelle Revis, who was successful in shutting down Baldwin for most of the game, and that "it was just kind of a built-up frustration I was letting out in that sequence, between him and I."[19]

Career Statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 Seattle Seahawks 16 1 51 788 15.5 55T 4 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 0 -
2012 Seattle Seahawks 14 4 29 366 12.6 50 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 -
2013 Seattle Seahawks 16 9 50 778 15.6 52 5 2 6 3.0 3 0 0 -
2014 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 66 825 12.5 49 3 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 -
Total 62 30 196 2,757 14.1 55 15 4 12 3.0 8 0 0 -
Source: ESPN.com

Personal life[edit]

Baldwin has a video series on YouTube called "Fresh Files". In it, he answers questions from fans and talks about recent events in his life. He also talks to other NFL players, most of whom are fellow Seahawks, such as Russell Wilson and Sidney Rice, or Stanford alumni, such as Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, and Coby Fleener. On November 17, 2013, Baldwin carried the flag of the Philippines onto CenturyLink Field to honor Typhoon Haiyan victims. His grandmother is Filipina and is from Tacloban City.

Baldwin is a Christian.[20] Baldwin frequently posts about his faith and various Bible verses on his Twitter account.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Eric. "Seahawks' Doug Baldwin, Redskins' Alfred Morris played together as youths." thenewstribune.com. The News Tribune, 5 Jan. 2013. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.
  2. ^ "Doug Baldwin's Twitter account: Devon". 
  3. ^ Heist, Bob. "NFL Report: Doug Baldwin Scores TD in First NFL Game." Pnj.com. Penscola News Journal, 11 Sept. 2011. Web. 13 Sept. 2011.
  4. ^ "Doug Baldwin Contract". 
  5. ^ "Doug Baldwin's Twitter account: Number". 
  6. ^ Zimmerman, Kevin. "Seahawks Injury Report: Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin Expected Back At Practice." Sbnation.com. SB Nation, 12 Sept. 2012. Web. 9 Apr. 2013.
  7. ^ O'Neil, Danny. "Doug Baldwin a question mark because of a shoulder injury." SeattleTimes.com. Seattle Times, 22 Sept. 2012. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.
  8. ^ Booth, Tim. "Doug Baldwin out against Lions." ap.org. Associated Press, 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.
  9. ^ "Doug Baldwin: Cris Carter can Google Super Bowl ring". nfl.com. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wilkening, Mike (March 7, 2014). "Report: Seahawks give Doug Baldwin a second-round tender". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  11. ^ Alper, Josh (April 23, 2014). "Doug Baldwin hasn’t signed RFA tender, but still working out with Seahawks". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 29, 2014). "Doug Baldwin, Seahawks strike two-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  13. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (May 29, 2014). "Doug Baldwin rewarded by Seahawks". Seahawks.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  14. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (May 29, 2014). "Seahawks sign Doug Baldwin to new contract". Seahawks.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  15. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/11718459/seattle-seahawks-trade-percy-harvin-new-york-jets
  16. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/14221/doug-baldwin
  17. ^ Chiappelli, Kirstie. "Doug Baldwin says vulgar celebration directed at group". Sporting News. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Wagoner, Nick. "NFL fines Doug Baldwin $11,025". ESPN.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  19. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000470815/article/doug-baldwin-apologizes-for-super-bowl-td-celebration
  20. ^ "Doug Baldwin Jr.". 

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