Johnny Baker (American football)

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Johnny Baker
No. 84
Linebacker / Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-03-15) March 15, 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth: Camden, Alabama
Career information
College: Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37
(By the Los Angeles Rams)
AFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 7 / Pick: 54
Debuted in 1963
Last played in 1967
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played 51
Interceptions 2
INT Touchdowns 1
Stats at

John Hendrix "Johnny" Baker III (born March 15, 1941 in Camden, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker and tight end. He played college football at Mississippi State University, where he was a linebacker and an offensive end. He played professionally in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers from 1963 through 1966 and for the San Diego Chargers in 1967.

Personal life[edit]

Baker married Carla Swanson, a member of the Swanson TV dinners family, on June 22, 1968 at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

He is the father-in-law of longtime Rice and Major League Baseball star Lance Berkman. Baker's three sons, Jason,Jacob and Joshua, Joshua pitched in the NCAA Division I World Series for Rice University.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Miss Swanson Wed Saturday Afternoon". The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA. June 23, 1968.