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Name  Perry Baker
Height  1.85 m
Role  Player

Education  Fairmont State University, Spruce Creek High School

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Perry Baker (born June 29, 1986) is an American rugby sevens player for the United States national rugby sevens team. With 100 tries, Baker ranks second all-time in the list of leading try-scorers for the U.S. national sevens team.


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American football

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Baker played college football for NCAA Division II Fairmont State University in West Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State in 2010 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

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Baker was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in July 2011, but he suffered a knee injury that cut short his NFL career. Baker played two seasons for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League from 2012 to 2013.

Rugby career

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Baker had dabbled in rugby since 2006, when he was introduced to the sport by Brian Richardson, the coach of Daytona Beach Rugby who was also one of Baker's American football high school coaches. Baker played with the Daytona Beach Coconuts in 2012, leading them to a ninth-place finish at the club sevens national tournament.

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Baker took up rugby full-time in 2013 and joined the Tiger Rugby Academy in Columbus, Ohio, working under coach Paul Holmes. Baker signed a full-time contract with the U.S. Eagles in July 2014 to join the residency program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, California. He made his debut at the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.

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Baker was involved in an incident at the 2014 South Africa Sevens when the United States were playing against South Africa, a fan invaded the rugby field and tackled him. Baker retaliated by kicking him, he later apologized for his actions on Twitter.

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Baker was a member of the United States men's rugby team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He scored a try in the second half of the team's final pool match against Fiji. The team did not advance past pool play.

At the 2016 South Africa Sevens, in the absence of regular captain Madison Hughes, Baker was named U.S. team captain for the tournament.


Baker's older brother Dallas is a National Football League, Arena Football League and Canadian Football League player. Perry is the nephew of former NFL player and coach Wes Chandler.


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