Gary Baxter

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Gary Baxter
No. 28, 24
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-11-24) November 24, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Tyler, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 2001 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Gary Wayne Baxter (born November 24, 1978) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Baylor.

College career[edit]

Baxter played college football at Baylor where he played in 41 games making 202 tackles and six interceptions. He would return to the college in 2003 and graduated with a degree in speech communications.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Baxter was drafted out of Baylor University in the second round, with the 62nd overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After playing in a situational and reserve role for Baltimore during his rookie season, Baxter started 46 games over the next three years (eight at safety, 38 at cornerback). During this time, he became a solid member of one of the NFL's best defenses. For his career, he has recorded six interceptions, 36 passes defended, three sacks, 253 tackles, and two forced fumbles.

Baxter is perhaps best known for a play made in a 2004 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which he inadvertently caused an injury to the Steelers then-starting quarterback Tommy Maddox. The injury forced Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into action. Roethlisberger was unable to salvage the win and the Ravens won a 30-13 decision.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On March 2, 2005, Baxter signed a six-year, $30 million free agent contract with the Browns that included a $10.5 million signing bonus. His career with the Browns has been injury-plagued, including a torn pectoral muscle that caused him to miss 11 games during the 2005 season.

On October 22, 2006, Baxter's career was dealt a major blow when he tore the patella tendons in both knees during a game against the Denver Broncos. He is the first NFL player to suffer such an injury in 13 years.

On July 30, 2007, Baxter returned to practice, although in limited capacity. The recovery, which surprised and confounded many doctors close to Baxter, marked the first time that a player had returned to the field of play after such a devastating injury. On October 23, 2007, the Browns placed Baxter on injured reserve.

On August 9, 2008 he was released by the Browns.

Statistics[edit]

[1][2][3]

Season Team League Games Total Tackles Solo TFL¹ Sacks Int.
1997 Baylor Big 12 8 8 6 0 0 0
1998 Baylor Big 12 11 45 36 2 0 4
1999 Baylor Big 12 11 53 43 0 0 2
2000 Baylor Big 12 N/A² N/A² N/A² N/A² N/A² N/A²
2001 Baltimore AFC 6 6 5 0 0 0
2002 Baltimore AFC 16 90 75 0 0 1
2003 Baltimore AFC 16 106 88 0 1 3
2004 Baltimore AFC 16 86 78 0 2 1
2005 Cleveland AFC 5 20 17 1 0 2
2006 Cleveland AFC 3 21 12 0 0 1

¹Tackles for Loss

²Statistics unavailale

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] - College Bio of Gary Baxter
  2. ^ [2] - NFL.com - Gary Baxter
  3. ^ [3] - Cleveland Browns - Gary Baxter

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