When you look up the word humility, a picture of Doug Baldwin should come up in the definition. Last Wednesday morning, S L Jones Christian Academy honored Doug Baldwin making it Doug Baldwin Day. Doug saw a need and he quietly fulfilled it. The S L Jones Academy was in need of computers for the students and he purchased seven for the school. As friends and family looked on, Pastor Willie Demps welcomed everyone to the celebration.
In his honor, the S L Jones Choir sang selections and the Warrior Varsity Cheerleaders gave him a special cheer.
Doug grew up in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida. He started playing football at the age of six as a Mini-mite player with the Salvation Army Tigers. At age seven, he made a life-long commitment to play football after encouragement from his mother and father. Doug played class 4-A high school football for the Gulf Breeze High School Dolphins. As a senior, Doug had 42 receptions for 682 yards(1.2 avg.) with 6 touchdowns.
After high school Doug attended Stanford University and was later signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the end of the NFL lockout in 2011. He switched his number from #15 to #89 for the 2012 season due to the incoming Matt Flynn to the Seahawks.
Doug caught his first NFL touchdown in week 1 of the 2011 NFL season against the San Francisco 49ers.
In his rookie season as a Seattle Seahawk, he led the team both in receiving yards and receptions. He also made the USA All Joe Team for players who are talented and had put up good numbers, but did not receive a Pro Bowl bid. He became the first undrafted rookie free agent to lead his team in receptions and yards receiving since the AFL-NFL merger.
Doug Baldwin was 4th in rookie reception yardage in the 2011-2012 NFL season.