Born on May 17, 1958
Inducted On
July 17, 2023
Location Inducted
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Region Number
Fort Wayne Wayne
Fort Wayne Wayne
Jason Baker graduated from Wayne High School in Fort Wayne in 2001 where he recieved 2nd team All-SAC honors in football. Baker attended the University Iowa where he would become the Hawkeyes all-time leader in punts and punting yardage punting 272 times for a total of 11,304 yards. He was named the special teams MVP in the 1997 Sun Bowl where he registered 8 punts for 391 yards. In 2000 he recieved honorable mention All-Big 10 Honors. Baker played his first 2 years at Iowa for Coach Hayden Fry and his final 2 years for Coach Kirk Ferentz. Baker was not drafted, but was eventually signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001 before being waived a short time later. He was then picked up by the San Francisco 49ers and was their regular punter during the 2001 season. He was released the next year and was again signed by the Eagles. Eventually he was signed in 2003 by the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2003 season and was their regular punter. Short stints with the Colts and Broncos before being signed and winning the regular punter job for the Carolina Panthers in 2005. Played the rest of his seven NFL season with the Panthers before retiring in 2012. He averaged 44.0 yards per punt in 112 games. At Carolina he was the highest paid punter in the league prior to the 2007 season. Ranked in the top 3 of fastest punters in the league during his time at Carolina. Held Carolina Franchise records for most punts in a career (570), most punts in a play-off game) 7 vs Seattle on 1/22/2006) and punt yards in a career (25,064). In 2021 Baker helped establish the the Northeast Indiana Football Association (NIFA). The organization which focuses on youth character development through the sport of football.
Jason and his wife Carol have two children, Hamilton and Marilyn.