David Baker retires as president of Pro Football Hall of Fame

David Baker, a formidable presence, often dressed in brightly colored suits, has announced his resignation as president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Baker was seen by many fans as he tells the league's top players and coaches that they are now officially Hall of Fame members. He made the announcement on Saturday along with the Hall of Fame. Baker, 68 will still make appearances to give the Hall of Fame rings out to the members of the Hall of Fame's Centennial Class of 2020 or Class of 2021. However, Baker will no longer be in control of the Hall of Fame's day-to-day operations.

This weekend, former Broncos safety Steve Atwater was honored in Denver. Baker answered questions about his travel plans for Friday's ceremony and stated that he would be making an effort to see his grandchildren.

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He announced his formal retirement on Saturday.

Baker released the following statement: "As the Pro Football Hall of Fame nears its eight-year anniversary, I have come up with the conclusion that it is now time for someone else to hold the 'best job' so I can continue to do some exciting work while also returning home and spending time with our four children, 10 grandchildren, and soon-to be great grandchild in Orange County, California. They have been sorely missed during my tenure at The Most Inspiring place on Earth .

Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, stated in a statement that few people combine vision and passion as fully as David Baker. His mission to support and honor the heroes of the game would be one of his most important and lasting legacy. We are grateful to David for his many contributions, and we extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes Colleen and him.

Baker was the Hall's president and CEO, receiving a five year extension in late 2018.

Jim Porter, who has been the Hall of Fame's chief communications and marketing officer since April 2020, was elected the president of the Hall of Fame. In their search for a new executive director, the board of trustees will also examine the Hall's management structure.

Baker was responsible for the Hall's expansion, which began with Tom Benson Stadium. Baker also oversaw construction of the Hall of Fame Village. This long-term project would include a hotel, a youth athletic complex, and a conference centre.

Construction was stopped in 2018, after the stadium had been built. Companies involved in the project wanted to be compensated for work already done. Baker was not involved in the development of the project.

"David Baker elevated the Pro Football Hall of Fame." Dennis Nash, chairman of Hall of Fame's trustees, said that Baker helped to make excellence and Canton synonymous. "Jim Porter, together with the next executive Director of the Hall, will take over an organization with a unique position in the game and strong national reputation.

Baker was an attorney before he was appointed by the Hall of Fame in 2014. He had previously been mayor of Irvine in California and played professional basketball in Switzerland. Baker was the Arena Football League's commissioner for 12 years.


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