WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Newly re-signed Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker discussed the inception of his nickname – he’s playfully referred to by teammates, and refers to himself as “Swaggy Baker” – during an interview with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Friday.
The nickname has evolved into spinoffs, as nicknames tend to do. Accepted variations include Swag, Swaggy, Swagtastic, Swaggyducketts – all of which have appeared and may appear again in his Twitter timeline.
It’s kind of fun to say. Let’s try it: Swaggy.
Feels good, right? Just kind of rolls off the tongue.
Everyone else can’t stop saying it either, including his teammates — heck, including Baker himself, for that matter– and he credits a high school friend for starting the trend.
“My good friend John Walker, that I went to high school with, one night we were playing 2K and Madden, and he was like ‘Swaggy … Swaggy this … Swaggy that,” Baker laughed. “And I kept joking around with it, and I came back to the locker room and joked around with it, and then there was an article that came out and said Chris ‘Swaggy’ Baker, and after that came out I just ran with it.”
Baker’s happy not to be leaving Washington, where he’s spent his last two seasons.
On Thursday it was announced he’d re-signed with the Redskins for a reported 3-year deal, worth $12 million with $4 million guaranteed, according to Jason La Canfora.
“My first three years, I left and had to go to different states every year [Denver (2009), Miami (2010), Washington (2011)],” he explained. “So I finally found somewhere I can call home and look forward to staying here for many more years.”
Swaggy emits the ultimate team-player personality, as he says he doesn’t care which position or role he fills on the field – he’s willing to do whatever’s needed of him to help the Redskins win.
“That’s for the coaches to decide,” Baker said. “Wherever they plug me in, I’ll be happy. I’m good at nose, I’m good at end. The more you can do, the better off you are, so the fact that I can play both positions effectively … it only helps.”