Former AFL commissioner to lead Hall of Fame
Former Arena Football League commissioner David Baker was named president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Baker will begin his duties on as the Hall of Fame's sixth president in its 50-year history. He replaces Stephen A. Perry, who announced in September that he planned to retire after a successor was chosen.
"We are very fortunate to have such a successful and experienced entrepreneur and executive like Dave Baker join the Hall of Fame team," said Tom Schervish, chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. "He has a consistent record of success in areas that are vital to the future success of the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
After serving as the AFL commissioner from 1996 to 2008, Baker worked as a Partner in Uni
on Village, LLC, the largest health-care project in the United States, located in Henderson, Nev.
He was a power forward and captain of the California-Irvine basketball team in the 1970s and went on to obtain a law degree from Pepperdine. His experience as a business executive spans 35 years.
"I am humbled to be afforded the esteemed privilege of continuing Stephen Perry's leadership and the great work of the Pro Football Hall of Fame team in honoring the greatest heroes and legends of the game, preserving its rich history as well as promoting the positive values and noble virtues of a game that is central to our American culture and our country's strength of character," Baker said.
Baker worked with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL team owners in the past.
"The bond between the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is stronger than ever," Goodell said. "David is a dynamic executive with a strong football background. We look forward to supporting him in growing the Hall of Fame's record of success."
One of Baker's four children, Sam, is an offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.
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