Best of Seattle: High-School Athlete

Probably not a ton of room left on Budda Baker’s letterman’s jacket. Nor, because of him, in the Bellevue High trophy case. Playing both safety and running back, Baker led his school’s football team to three straight undefeated state-championship seasons. Individually, Baker was state champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters—Bellevue won a state championship in track, too. You’ve got to look back to Nate Robinson to find a high-school athlete like Baker. After originally committing to play college football at Oregon, Baker reopened the process and chose Washington. He announced his decision live on KING-5 News. I wonder if there’s a letterman’s patch for that?

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