Nationality: United States
Profession: Professional Football Player - Arizona Cardinals
Favorite Blend: FITAID
- 2× First-team All-Pro (2017, 2020)
- 3× Pro Bowl (2017, 2019, 2020)
- PFWA All-Rookie Team (2017)
- USA Today Freshman All-American (2014)
- 2× First-team All-Pac-12 (2015, 2016)
- Consensus All-American (2016)
Bishard "Budda" Baker (born January 10, 1996) is an American football safety for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Washington Huskies, and was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Baker attended Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington. He played safety and running back in football, and also ran track. As a senior, he was named the Seattle Times High School Athlete of the Year. Baker was rated as a four-star recruit and was ranked among the top safeties in his class. He originally committed to the University of Oregon to play college football, but flipped to the University of Washington the night before National Signing Day.
As a true freshman at Washington in 2014, Baker started all 14 games, recording 80 tackles, one interception, and one sack. Following his freshman campaign, Baker was named a Freshman All-American by USA Today. Baker was named a pre-season All-American prior to the 2016 season. Following the 2016 season, Baker earned consensus all-American honors as a result of being named a first-team all-American by The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America, and a second-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association and The Associated Press.
During the 2020 NFL Season:
On August 25, 2020, Baker signed a four-year, contract extension with the Cardinals, making him the highest-paid safety in NFL history at the time. In Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Baker recorded a team high 15 tackles (10 solo) during the 24–20 win. Baker was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 6. In Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, Baker recorded a team high 14 tackles and intercepted a pass thrown by Russell Wilson during the 37–34 overtime win. Baker was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after tallying 31 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble.