The life of Robert Baker, a reluctant member of Georgia football lore, has taken a bad turn.
Baker was the Auburn receiver who during a 1996 game was lunged at on the sideline by Uga V. The picture of the lunge - Baker narrowly averted a bite - hangs in the home or business of many Georgia fans, and has been played on the video board at Sanford Stadium.
On Tuesday in Valdosta Baker pleaded guilty to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Baker, now 37, was stopped in Lowndes County on January 20 on a traffic violation, and a consensual search of his car found 59.5 grams of heroin and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Baker faces up to 20 years in jail.
"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 release. "He will have a long time to reflect on that mistake in federal prison."
Baker only played two years at Auburn, then was declared academically ineligible prior to the 1997 season. He played for a few years with the Miami Dolphins and in the CFL. Between his college and pro career he had a run-in with the law, and was arrested in Florida on drug charges.