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Willis Allen Real Estate agent Jeff Baker will be inducted into the Fullerton College Football Hall of Fame in the spring of 2015. A native of Southern California, Baker attended Fullerton College in Orange County where he ran track, as well as played wide receiver and punt returner on the football team during the 1968-69 season.
Baker had a very successful football career and in 1969 was voted First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State of California and First Team JC All-American. Baker broke the California state record for touchdowns in a single season by scoring 18 touchdowns in just seven games. Baker is believed to be the only college football receiver ever to score two touchdowns in one game in only two plays.
A sprinter in track, Baker was also a member of the winning Eastern Conference 440 and 880 relay teams. He received the Fullerton College Men of Distinction Award in 1970.
Recruited by almost every major college, Baker transferred to San Diego State University, where as a junior he scored eight touchdowns while averaging over 20 yards per catch. Because of a since-changed NCAA eligibility rule stating that players must play their first year after high school or lose a year of eligibility, Baker’s only option for his senior year was to play for an NAIA school. So he moved to Cal-Western in San Diego.
In 1971, while at Cal-Western, Baker was voted the Team’s Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Offensive Player — NAIA Western States, First Team NAIA Western States, First Team NAIA All-American, Second Team NCAA All-American. He also led the nation in pass receiving.
Baker was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1972, and also played for the Denver Broncos and the WFL’s Portland Storm.
From 1990-96, Baker took his talents to the local level, volunteering as the quarterbacks and receivers coach at La Jolla High School where he helped lead the team to a 26-game winning streak (the third best in San Diego County). During this time the team won a CIF Championship and was runner-up another year.
Baker started his residential real estate career with the Willis Allen Real Estate in La Jolla and has been with the company for over 34 years. “With his past success, his knowledge of the real estate market and professionalism, Jeff serves his clients well so that they can also reach their goals,” said La Jolla branch manager Jane Dreher.
Jeff Baker can be reached at (858) 459-4033 or visit willisallen.com
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