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The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker of the University of Georgia will tour the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation facility at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

2018 Jim Thorpe Award Recipient Deandre Baker Set to Tour Rehab Center

 

Deandre Baker

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker of the University of Georgia will tour the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation facility at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5, starting at 9:00 a.m. Baker will visit with patients and sign autographs before attending a luncheon being held in his honor at the facility. 

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the top defensive back in college football. Deandre Baker was a standout athlete at Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. In addition to being a U.S. Army All-American football player, he was an All-American sprinter at Northwestern. Deandre was a three-star prospect and the #56 nationally rated corner back coming out of high school. Following graduation, he went to the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship. He appeared in eleven games as a freshman for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore, Deandre appeared in 12 games and started in seven. He finished the 2016 season with 31 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and six pass breakups.

Deandre became one of the premier defensive backs in the country during his junior season at Georgia. He played in all 15 games during the 2017 season and finished as a Deandre Baker Georgia Dawgs second-team All-SEC selection. Baker recorded 44 tackles, led all Bulldogs with nine pass breakups and finished the season with three interceptions. Deandre started all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2018. He finished his senior season with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups, both team highs, and forced and recovered one fumble. Following the regular season, Deandre was named 2018 first team All-SEC as well as being named first team All-American by Associated Press, ESPN, Walter Camp, AFCA and Sports Illustrated. Deandre will enter the 2019 NFL Draft, where he is projected to be taken in the first round.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is named after history’s greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football where he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will honor Baker at the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday night, Feb. 5, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The banquet will be held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. 

The media is invited to the hospital tour, the luncheon and the banquet.
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2018 Jim Thorpe Award Photo/Interview Opportunities:


Deandre Baker visits Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation 
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5
Time: 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. meet and greet patients
Place: Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center
4219 S. Western Ave.

Luncheon to honor Baker
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5
Time: 11 a.m. Luncheon (Baker will speak)
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center
4401 S. Western Ave.

Jim Thorpe Award VIP Reception and Banquet
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5
Time: 6 p.m. VIP Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner
Place: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.