Former Auburn receiver Robert Baker pleads guilty on drug charge
Former Auburn player Robert Baker could be facing a long prison sentence.
Baker plead guilty to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm on Tuesday in Georgia. The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in jail.
Baker was stopped in Lowndes County in January on a traffic violation. Police searched his vehicle and found 59.5 grams of heroin and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
"Mr. Baker made a terrible mistake when he chose to traffic illegal drugs, and particularly when he brought a gun along to help him do so," Michael Moore, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said in a press release. "He will have a long time to reflect on that mistake in federal prison."
Baker is best known for his touchdown catch in Auburn's 1996 victory over Georgia. Following the catch, the Bulldogs mascot Uga V lunged at player and nearly took a bite out of Baker. The image has become famous among Georgia fans and has been captured in both print and video at Bulldog home football games.
Baker played two years at Auburn (1995-1996) before he was declared academically ineligible. He played professionally with the NFL's Miami Dolphins and later in the Canadian Football League (CFL).