Another day, another athlete with a severe stroke.
Chris “Swaggy” Baker, a former defensive tackle who played nine seasons in National Football League (NFL), suffered from a life-threatening stroke, TMZ reported.
The 35-year-old former player took to Instagram to announce that he almost died after suffering from a stroke last week.
“Tell Your love ones you love em my life almost ended 2days ago,” said Baker.“I can’t believe I had a stroke but God not done with me yet,” he continued.
Baker also shared a video from a hospital room in Hartford, Connecticut, conversing with a nurse while he appears to be hooked up to intravenous fluids.
Baker’s mother said he had a “severe” stroke on Friday. Physicians have described Baker’s recovery as “miraculous,” saying he is responding as if the stroke were mild.
She also said that after Baker’s stroke, he needed immediate surgery.
Baker played college ball for Penn State University but was expelled in 2007 due to off-campus fights. He then transferred to Hampton University. He signed with the Denver Broncos in 2009, playing a single game with them.
He later played in a game with the Miami Dolphins before really breaking out with the Washington Redskins, where he became a fan favorite, and became a defensive star for them from 2011 through 2016.
He later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals, who released him in 2018. He never played another game in the NFL after that.
There has been no word on exactly what caused the stroke, or what exactly his recovery will look like, but according to his family, he is on the road to recovery.
We wish Chris “Swaggy” Baker the best in his recovery.