A former NFL player revealed that he recently suffered from a stroke and nearly died. However, the 35-year-old former defensive tackle has turned to his Christian faith in light of his near-death experience.
Former Washington Redskins lineman Chris Baker announced to his Instagram followers that he had recently suffered a sudden medical emergency that almost killed him.
"Tell your loved ones you love 'em, my life almost ended 2 days ago," Baker said in an Instagram story on Wednesday.
"I can't believe I had a stroke, but God not done with me yet," he added.
The father of two was reportedly taken to a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.
Baker's mother told TMZ Sports that her son suffered a "serious" stroke and needed emergency surgery. She also said it was a "miracle" that her son's body was recovering exceptionally from the stroke.
Doctors expect Baker to make a full recovery from his life-threatening health scare.
The Washington Commanders’ official Twitter account shared a photo of Baker hooked up to IVs while sitting on a hospital bed. The Commanders captioned the photo with prayer hand emojis.
During his nine-year NFL career, Baker played for the Washington Redskins for six seasons. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. Baker started his professional football career with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2009, but only played one game for Denver.
Chris "Swaggy" Baker finished his NFL career with 214 tackles and 12 sacks. He played in 93 NFL games and made 55 starts.
Baker played college football at Hampton University and Penn State University.
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