Meet Edwin Baker: Part-time mortgage worker fighting for NFL roster spot

Best of luck Edwin!


Every summer, each of the 32 teams of the National Football League takes 90 players to training camp. That’s a total of 2,880 players, all fighting for their chance to make the league.

By this Saturday, each team must cut its rosters down to 53 players. That means that 1,184 would-be NFL players will have their dreams dashed as their teams cut them loose.

Edwin Baker is one of those 2,880 players fighting for his chance.

You may not know Edwin Baker’s name, but that doesn’t make his story any less interesting.

Three years ago, the San Diego Chargers drafted Baker, a running back from Michigan State, in the 7th round. Baker was pick #250. There were 253 picks in that year’s draft.

As many 7th round picks do, he’s bounced around the league since then, spending time with the Chargers, the Denver Broncos, the Houston Texans, the Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.

What sets Baker apart, especially for those of us in housing finance, is what he did with his off-season this past year.

After being active for three games during the 2014 season as a member of the Saints, Baker spent part of his off-season working at United Shore Financial Services, a wholesale mortgage lender.

According to a feature on Baker from the Detroit Free Press, Baker worked at United Shore for three months during the off-season, making $14 an hour in United Shore’s human resources department.

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