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kgreen
05-24-2007, 09:04 PM
No, Not that Dallas, but Dallas Baker. I knew there was a reason I wanted him. This is it.


For Baker it's all black and gold now
Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

He was given his first name because his family loved the Dallas Cowboys and his uncle Wes Chandler is a wide receivers coach with the Cleveland Browns, but there is no doubt that these days Dallas Baker is strictly about the black and gold.

"I was named after the Cowboys," said Baker. "My dad loved the Dallas Cowboys. Most of my family members were Cowboys fans. But I would say all that changed."

It changed after Baker, a wide receiver from Florida, was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. It meant any loyalty to his team growing up or to family, quickly ended.

"That's my uncle, but I'm trying to help the Steelers get to the Super Bowl the same way I helped the Gators make it to the national championship," said Baker. "So I'll just have to apologize for that later."

While the draft was playing out and Baker was waiting to be selected, Chandler sent him text messages telling him to hang in there and be patient. It was a long two days for him waiting for that selection, but in the end, it worked out.

"He was just saying, 'Hang in there and relax. Everything else will take care of itself,'" said Baker. "He was like, 'whatever team takes you just make sure you go in there and you give 110 percent and that's on special teams, or playing wide receiver, or whatever. Just go in there and take advantage of that opportunity.'







"I'm not disappointed. I was thinking about going earlier on. I though I would have went early on. But I was just looking at it as a blessing and an opportunity. I mean, who wouldn't want to play football for a living? It's something that I love to do, so to have an opportunity to play it for a living, I'm just going to take it and run with it."



Baker brings a winning attitude with him to the Steelers. He was a member of the Gators National Championship team from last year and didn't get the nickname Dallas Baker "The Touchdown Maker," for nothing, having scored 10 of them his senior season.







"It was exciting and was a dream come true," said Baker. "You grow up as a kid watching the National Championship. So to have an opportunity to play in it, that was just great. And then to come out and score the first touchdown to help fuel my team to victory there's nothing greater than that."







And he wants to have that same kind of success with the Steelers.







"I think we have a chance to go to the Super Bowl," said Baker. "We have a great team. I watched them play last year. We have a great quarterback with Ben [Roethlisberger]."

http://news.steelers.com/article/76662/:helmet:

DIESELMAN
05-24-2007, 09:28 PM
"He was just saying, 'Hang in there and relax. Everything else will take care of itself,'" said Baker. "He was like, 'whatever team takes you just make sure you go in there and you give 110 percent – and that's on special teams, or playing wide receiver, or whatever. Just go in there and take advantage of that opportunity.'



His uncle gave him some damn good advice. I heard Baker was making some unbelievable catches in camp, definitely need good hands out there.

BlacknGold Bleeder
05-24-2007, 09:35 PM
Well he said all the right things now let's hope he can go out and play that way!!

Stlrs4Life
05-24-2007, 09:52 PM
I agree Bleeder, if he doesn't make the team, I'm sure his loyalties will change.

okiesteeler
05-25-2007, 02:06 AM
i like the fact taht we have been able to take some cowboy fans away from them...anything to hurt the cowgirls

BlitzburghRockCity
05-25-2007, 07:01 AM
The kid definitely has the attitude you need to be successful. He's got a tough road in front of him to make this team because there are only so many spots available but he's been making some real good initial impressions and if he keeps it up he's really going to help his chances.

I like this kid, I hope he makes it with us !

tonyromo9
05-25-2007, 11:14 AM
i like the fact taht we have been able to take some cowboy fans away from them...anything to hurt the cowgirls

watch it lol

SteelerFan87
05-25-2007, 08:17 PM
So when is he changing his name to Pittsburgh?

:lol: