Longtime NFL agent Buddy Baker has lost his not one but both of his parents to COVID-19, he announced Tuesday afternoon.
Baker posted a video to Twitter sharing the news and imploring viewers: Take CDC and social-distancing measures seriously.
“As many of you know my parents recently contracted COVID-19 and unfortunately passed away this past Sunday due to complications,” Baker said in the video. “My parents were amazing people. They were married 51-plus years and they passed away six minutes apart.
“Just a few weeks ago, they were in perfect health.”
Baker, whose Pro Bowl clients have included Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin and Colts tight end Jack Doyle, said he hopes his parents’ deaths can prompt action and positive change. Wash your hands, stay home and practice social distancing, he said.
In loving memory of my mom and dad- please make the tough and right choice and help stop the spreading of this virus. pic.twitter.com/FqVEWjdscq
“We live in a world of, ‘It can’t happen to me, it can’t happen to us, it can’t happen to my family.’ Well, it happened to us," he said. "I’d like to take this time to make people start thinking about making a change.”
In addition to representing NFL clients, Baker is one of 15 agents on the NFL Players Association advisory committee. He helps draft the NFLPA agent licensing exam and serves as the president and CEO of Exclusive Sports Group, LLC. Baker is also certified as an NBA agent and represents basketball coaches.
Baldwin shared Baker’s message noting that his “agent and friend” lost both of his parents.
“He has an important message for all of us,” tweeted Baldwin, who already had been raising awareness about COVID-19 precautions and ways to help.
Redskins receiver Terry McLaurin, another client, tweeted a prayer emoji.
“Sometimes people — especially young people — can feel like they’re immune to something or invincible,” Baker said. “That’s simply not the case. It’s not the easy choice, but it’s the right choice. It’s the safe choice.
“Hopefully, this can be a catalyst for a change.”
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