Brian Baldinger

Brian David Baldinger (born January 7, 1959) is a former professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. He covers Philadelphia Eagles preseason games as an analyst with Scott Graham. He currently works for NFL Network, where he serves as an analyst for the television show NFL Total Access. He played college football at Duke University.

Brian Baldinger
No. 62
Position:Tackle / Guard / Center
Personal information
Born:January 7, 1959 (age 60)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Massapequa (NY)
College:Duke
Undrafted:1982
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:143
Starts:47
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Baldinger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Always big, strong, and athletic for his age, Baldinger spent much of his youth playing a variety of sports in and around Cherry Hill, New Jersey. His family later moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota, then Massapequa, New York where he and his brothers became well-known locally as they continued to excel in sports. At Massapequa High School, he practiced football, basketball and track. He also lifeguarded at Tobay Beach during summers.

After high school, he entered the Naval Academy, but decided to transfer to Nassau Community College, where he became an All-Coastal Conference tight end and also practiced basketball.[1]

In 1979, he transferred to Duke University, where he was converted into a guard because of his blocking ability.[2] As a senior, he was voted the team's most improved player and started 11 games.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Baldinger was not selected in the 1982 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he appeared in 4 of 9 games, playing mostly on special teams. The next year, he saw playing time as a backup at center and guard.[3]

In 1984, he started two games at right tackle replacing an injured Phil Pozderac and also started 2 games at right guard in place of an injured Kurt Petersen.[4] The next season, he injured his right knee in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears and was placed on the injured reserve list.[5]

In 1986, he was a backup at center and also played as a third tight end in short-yardage situations. In 1987, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left knee injury and was later activated on October 24.[6]

Indianapolis Colts

On July 19, 1988, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. In 1991, he started 13 games at center in place of an injured Ray Donaldson.[7]

Buffalo Bills

On April 2, 1992, he was signed in Plan B free agency by the Buffalo Bills.[8] He was released on August 31.[9]

Philadelphia Eagles

On September 28, 1992, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace an injured John Hudson.[10] The next year, he started 4 games at right guard in place of an injured Eric Floyd.[11]

Broadcasting career

Baldinger began his broadcasting career at Fox in 1997, providing analysis for NFL Europe games. The network was impressed with his soothing voice and handy repertoire of clichés, and promoted him to a color commentary slot for NFL games. Baldinger worked alongside play-by-play voices Ray Bentley, Curt Menefee, Joe Buck, Pat Summerall, Kenny Albert, and Dick Stockton.

In May 2009, it was reported that Baldinger would be replaced by former NFL safety John Lynch on Fox's telecasts. Shortly thereafter, Baldinger was hired by Compass Media Networks to serve as lead analyst for their national radio broadcasts of select Sunday afternoon NFL games.

Baldinger also co-hosts a talk show for Sporting News Radio during football season, and teaches seminars for Nadia Communications. He is the author of the book The Map to Clear Messages. Baldinger has previously co-hosted various radio shows, and now is a frequent contributor for a sports-talk radio show for Philadelphia's "97.5 The Fanatic" sports station, an ESPN Affiliate.

Personal life

A resident of Marlton, New Jersey,[12] Baldinger has two younger brothers, Rich Baldinger, and Gary Baldinger, who also played in the NFL. He has a heavily mutilated right pinky finger that was injured when it became entangled in the facemask of Randy White.

References

  1. ^ "TWinning Football Team Craves Fans". Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tar Heels Face Clemson Saturday". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Terps' White premier defensive player in NFL". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Injured In Drills". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Giants: Listen To Reasons". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Colts are pointing fingers at each other". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Football". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Luksa, Frank. "Lessons in Dallas prepared Baldinger", The Dallas Morning News, July 7, 2002. Accessed November 25, 2007. "Baldinger can explain how it happened and did this week from his home in Marlton, N.J."
2002 Carolina Panthers season

The 2002 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 8th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach John Fox. They tried to improve upon their 1–15 record in 2001, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

The Panthers would improve six games, but they still failed to make the playoffs, despite moving from the NFC West to the more geographically accurate NFC South, finishing 7–9, five games behind the division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2005 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 2005 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the 2004 Tennessee Volunteers football team and the Texas A&M Aggies on January 1, 2005, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. It was the final game of the 2004 NCAA Division I FBS football season for each team and resulted in a 38-7 Tennessee victory. Tennessee represented the Southeastern Conference (SEC) while Texas A&M represented the Big 12 Conference.

2007 Carolina Panthers season

The 2007 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 13th season in the National Football League and the team's 11th season at Bank of America Stadium. They failed to improve upon their 8–8 record in 2006, finishing at 7–9 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

2007 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2007, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Cotton Bowl Classic was part of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of 32 games in the 2006–07 bowl season. The bowl game featured the Auburn Tigers versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

2007 Senior Bowl

The 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl was a college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2006 college football season and prospects in the 2007 NFL Draft. It was played on January 27, 2007, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Coverage of the event was on high-definition on the NFL Network. The North team won, 27–0.

2008 Carolina Panthers season

The 2008 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League They entered the season and improved on their 7–9 record from 2007, winning the NFC South. Their 12–4 finish tied their second best record in franchise history, which occurred in the 1996 season, however this was surpassed by the 2015 season with a 15-1 record. The second-seeded Panthers were upset at home in the divisional playoffs by the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, 33-13.

Baldy (nickname)

Baldy or Baldie is a nickname for:

Brian Baldinger (born 1959), American football player and broadcaster

Fred Brown (ice hockey) (1900–1970), Canadian National Hockey League player

Dominick Canterino (died 1990), American mobster convicted for racketeering, nicknamed "Baldy Dom"

Baldwin Cooke (1888–1953), American comedic actor, also known as "Baldy Cooke"

Harold Cotton (ice hockey) (1902–1984), Canadian National Hockey League player

Wayne Fox (born 1959), former Australian rules footballer

F. A. Harper (1905–1973), American academic, economist and writer

Arthur Hezlet (1914–2007), Royal Navy vice-admiral

Henry Jones (pitcher), American Major League Baseball pitcher in 1890

Benn Karr (1893–1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Alan Longo (born 1950), alleged Brooklyn mobster convicted of racketeering, nicknamed "Baldie"

Bill Louden (1883–1935), American Major League Baseball player

Calum MacKay (1927–2001), Canadian National Hockey League player

Baldy Northcott (1908–1986), Canadian National Hockey League player

Eddie Palmer (baseball) (1893–1983), American Major League Baseball player in 1917

Charles Alan Pownall (1887–1975), US Navy rear admiral and Governor of Guam

Baldy Jack Rose (1987–1947), American gambler and mobster in New York City born Jacob Rosenzweig

Ed Silch (1865–1895), American Major League Baseball player in the 1888 season

William Farrar Smith (1824–1903), Union general in the American Civil War

Vince Sherlock (1910–1997), American Major League Baseball player in 1935

Charles Spittal (1874–1971), Canadian hockey player, one of the first to play professionally

Blaine Thomas (1888–1915), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Dave Tomlinson (Canadian football) (c. 1926–in or after 1998), Canadian Football League player

Baldy Wittman (c. 1871–?), professional football player in the Ohio League (1903–1911)

Bergamo Lions

The Bergamo Lions is an American football team from Bergamo, Italy. They won the Eurobowl in 2000, 2001 and 2002, while losing to the Chrysler Vikings in the finals of 2004 and 2005. In Italy they have been unbeaten since 1998. In 1995, the Lions were a part of the Football League of Europe.

They have paid for Canadian football and American football players to play for the team but most Italian-born players are unpaid. One example is former Kansas City Chiefs and Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Jeris McIntyre. The Lions have also recruited American coaches, including former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger as their offensive line coach.

Gary Baldinger

Gary Thomas Baldinger (born October 4, 1963) is a former professional American football player. Baldinger, a defensive lineman, played six seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Kansas City Chiefs. His older brother Rich Baldinger was his teammate with the Chiefs and also played at Wake Forest. His other brother Brian Baldinger also played in the NFL and currently is a broadcaster.

Like his brothers, he graduated from Massapequa High School.

List of Cotton Bowl Classic broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Cotton Bowl Classic throughout the years.

List of NFL draft broadcasters

The following is a list of broadcasters of the NFL draft.

List of NFL on Fox commentator pairings

These are the following announcer pairings for the NFL on Fox.

List of Philadelphia Eagles broadcasters

The Eagles games were first broadcast in 1939 on WCAU (as in Where Cheer Awaits U] and have been continuously broadcast since. Beginning with the 2008 season, Eagles games were broadcast on both WYSP (now WIP-FM) and Sports Radio 610 WIP, as both stations are owned and operated by CBS Radio. Merrill Reese, who joined the Eagles in the mid-1970s, is the play-by-play announcer, and former Eagles wide receiver Mike Quick is the color analyst. Former Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey is among several Eagles post-game commentators on the FM.

Most preseason games are televised on WPVI, the local ABC owned and operated station. Television announcers for these preseason games are Scott Graham and Brian Baldinger. For the 2015 season, NBC owned and operated station, WCAU would take over the preseason games from ABC owned WPVI with the new broadcasters that are yet to be announced.

List of World Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who broadcast the World Bowl. The World Bowl was the championship game of the now defunct NFL Europa (and its forerunner, the World League of American Football).

Massapequa High School

Massapequa High School is a public high school located in Massapequa, New York, United States, for students in grades 10 through 12.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,825 students and 142.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. There were 97 students (5.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 30 (1.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

NFL Total Access

NFL Total Access is a television news program on the NFL Network.

The network treats it as the league's "show of record" and bills it as the only year-round show dedicated to the National Football League, despite the ESPN show NFL Live running year round as well.

It is also broadcast on Sky Sports at various times in the UK.

During the 2007 season, another edition of the program previewing the week's action aired Saturday evenings on MyNetworkTV.NFL Total Access was originally at the 7pm ET slot before being moved down to the 8pm ET time slot on September 2, 2013. On July 14, 2014, "NFL Total Access" moved back to the 7pm ET slot.

Playbook (TV series)

Playbook is an X's and O's football show with an entertaining flair. Playbook goes into the NFL Films room to examine a head coach's game film. In its original format, it was a 30-minute program hosted every weeknight during the NFL season and playoffs. In its new format, it is a one-hour program on Thursday and Friday, each day centering on either the AFC (Thursday) or the NFC (Friday).

Put Up Your Dukes

Put Up Your Dukes was a sports television talk show that began September 4, 2007, on NFL Network. It features former NFL center, Jamie Dukes. The show aired from Tuesdays through Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

It is unclear when the show was cancelled, but College Football Now has assumed its time slot (expanded to an hour each day) and no further airings are scheduled. Dukes remains under contract to NFL Network for other assignments.

Rich Baldinger

Richard L. Baldinger (born December 31, 1959 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) is a former professional American football player. An offensive lineman, he played twelve seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Kansas City Chiefs. Since retiring as a player, Baldinger has served as a color commentator for CBS (2004–06) and Big Ten Network (2007).

His younger brother Gary Baldinger was his teammate with the Chiefs and also played at Wake Forest. His other brother Brian Baldinger also played in the NFL and was a commentator for Fox.

Like his brothers, he graduated from Massapequa High School.

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