Former NFL defensive tackle Chris Baker revealed on Tuesday that he is recovering from a stroke.
The 35-year-old, who played in the NFL for nine seasons – five with Washington – said in an Instagram Story to “tell your loved ones you love them my life almost ended 2 days [sic] since.”
“I can’t believe I had a stroke,” he said. “But God isn’t done with me yet.”
Baker also shared video from a hospital room in Hartford, Connecticut, in which he sits and talks to a nurse with what appear to be IVs hooked up to him. According to TMZ, Baker’s mother said he suffered a “severe” stroke last Friday but was responding well and expecting a full recovery, which she described as a “miracle”.
Baker had to undergo emergency surgery after the stroke, she added.
A native of Connecticut, Baker was not drafted to Hampton after beginning his college career at Penn State. The Broncos signed him in 2009 and he played one game for Denver before spending 2010 with the Dolphins.
He then spent five years with Washington before joining the Buccaneers in 2017.
The following spring, Baker signed with the Bengals but was released in August of that year. For his career, Baker had 214 tackles and 12 sacks in 93 games, including 55 starts.