Shalon Baker

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Shalon Baker
Date of birth: (1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): WR
College: Montana
High school: Evergreen
As player:
Edmonton Eskimos - CFL
Winnipeg Blue Bombers - CFL
San Jose Sabercats - AFL
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1995 CFL Rookie of the Year

Shalon Baker (born August 22, 1973 in Seattle, Washington) was an award winning Canadian Football League player and was a player/coach in the Arena Football League.

Playing with the University of Montana Grizzlies between 1991 and 1994, Baker caught passes for 2,561 yards (3rd best in school history) and 26 touchdown receptions (a team record.)

He went to Canada, playing with the Edmonton Eskimos. In his first season, 1995, he had 79 catches gaining 1,156 yards and 5 touchdowns, and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award. He played in the CFL for 2 more years, but did not enjoy the same success and after one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1997, he left the CFL.

Baker started playing with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League in 1998 as a wide receiver/linebacker. This was the beginning of a 7 year career, in which Baker would catch 261 passes for 3551 yards and 61 touchdowns. He would also make 128 tackles and 7 interceptions.

Baker ended his playing career as the All-Time leader in assisted tackles and ranks in the top 10 in 9 categories for the San Jose Sabercats. In 2006 he began a new career as the Offensive Coordinator of the World Champion San Jose Sabercats. Under Baker's direction the 2006 Sabercats became the most prolific offense in the history of the Arena Football league.

Baker is now a single father of daughters Kailyn, Quincy and Kendal. He owns an import/export business and was a football conditioning coach as well as an offensive quality control coach at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona.[1] He recently was hired by his alma mater, the University of Montana, as the Grizzlies Wide Receivers Coach.


Baker grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1991.

Personal Life[edit]

Baker was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, partner family member assault and unlawful restraint charges on Thursday afternoon (April 18) after allegedly choking his girlfriend, who is eight months pregnant.[2]

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