Al "Bubba" Baker
(born December 9, 1956 in Jacksonville, Florida
) is a former professional American football defensive lineman
in the NFL
. He went to three Pro Bowls
during his career. He was named 1978 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Baker, a graduate of Weequahic High School
in Newark, New Jersey
and Colorado State University
, was drafted in the second round of the 1978 draft. A massive 6-6, 250 pound frame with extraordinary speed and strength. Opened his NFL career with an incredible 23 sacks (unofficial stat at that time). Had 5 sacks in a single game against Tampa Bay. He was named Defensive Rookie of the year and was selected to three Pro Bowls in his twelve-year career.
Traded from Detroit to St.Louis for Mike Dawson and a 4th round draft pick.
Career Sacks:1978: 23 - Unofficial, 1979: 16 - Unofficial, 1980: 18 - Unofficial, 1981: 10 - Unofficial, 1982: 8.5, 1983: 13.5, 1984: 10, 1985: 4, 1986: 10.5, 1987: 4, 1988: 5.5, 1989: 7.5, 1990: 3, Career: 131.5 - Unofficial
Today, Bubba Baker co-owns and operates Bubba's Q, a barbecue restaurant and catering business located in Avon, Ohio
. The restaurant, which opened in 2005, has already won several Cleveland-area awards for its food.