Brian Baldinger

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Brian Baldinger
No. 62
Position:Tackle / Guard / Center
Personal information
Born: (1959-01-07) January 7, 1959 (age 59)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Massapequa (NY)
College:Duke
Undrafted:1982
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:143
Starts:47
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brian David Baldinger (born January 7, 1959) is a former professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. He covers Philadelphia Eagles preseason games as an analyst with Scott Graham. He currently works for NFL Network, where he serves as an analyst for the television show NFL Total Access. He played college football at Duke University.

Early years[edit]

Baldinger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Always big, strong and athletic for his age, Baldinger spent much of his youth playing a variety of sports in and around Cherry Hill, New Jersey. His family later moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota, then Massapequa, New York where he and his brothers became well-known locally as they continued to excel in sports. At Massapequa High School, he practiced football, basketball and track. He also lifeguarded at Tobay Beach during summers.

After high school, he entered the Naval Academy, but decided to transfer to Nassau Community College, where he became an All-Coastal Conference tight end and also practiced basketball.[1]

In 1979, he transferred to Duke University, where he was converted into a guard because of his blocking ability.[2] As a senior, he was voted the team's most improved player and started 11 games.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Baldinger was not selected in the 1982 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he appeared in 4 of 9 games, playing mostly on special teams. The next year, he saw playing time as a backup at center and guard.[3]

In 1984, he started two games at right tackle replacing an injured Phil Pozderac and also started 2 games at right guard in place of an injured Kurt Petersen.[4] The next season, he injured his right knee in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears and was placed on the injured reserve list.[5]

In 1986, he was a backup at center and also played as a third tight end in short-yardage situations. In 1987, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left knee injury and was later activated on October 24.[6]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On July 19, 1988, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. In 1991, he started 13 games at center in place of an injured Ray Donaldson.[7]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On April 2, 1992, he was signed in Plan B free agency by the Buffalo Bills.[8] He was released on August 31.[9]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On September 28, 1992, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace an injured John Hudson.[10] The next year, he started 4 games at right guard in place of an injured Eric Floyd.[11]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Baldinger began his broadcasting career at Fox in 1997, providing analysis for NFL Europe games. The network was impressed with his soothing voice and handy repertoire of clichés, and promoted him to a color commentary slot for NFL games. Baldinger worked alongside play-by-play voices Ray Bentley, Curt Menefee, Joe Buck, Pat Summerall, Kenny Albert, and Dick Stockton.

In May 2009, it was reported that Baldinger would be replaced by former NFL safety John Lynch on Fox's telecasts. Shortly thereafter, Baldinger was hired by Compass Media Networks to serve as lead analyst for their national radio broadcasts of select Sunday afternoon NFL games.

Baldinger also co-hosts a talk show for Sporting News Radio during football season, and teaches seminars for Nadia Communications. He is the author of the book The Map to Clear Messages. Baldinger has previously co-hosted various radio shows, and now is a frequent contributor for a sports-talk radio show for Philadelphia's "97.5 The Fanatic" sports station, an ESPN Affiliate.

Personal life[edit]

A resident of Marlton, New Jersey,[12] Baldinger has two younger brothers, Rich Baldinger, and Gary Baldinger, who also played in the NFL. He has a heavily mutilated right pinky finger that was injured when it became entangled in the facemask of Randy White.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TWinning Football Team Craves Fans". Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tar Heels Face Clemson Saturday". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Terps' White premier defensive player in NFL". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Injured In Drills". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Giants: Listen To Reasons". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Colts are pointing fingers at each other". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Football". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ Luksa, Frank. "Lessons in Dallas prepared Baldinger", The Dallas Morning News, July 7, 2002. Accessed November 25, 2007. "Baldinger can explain how it happened and did this week from his home in Marlton, N.J."