Baker, who played for the Giants from 1987-92, was known to many as "The Touchdown Maker" with his biggest TD coming in the Giants' 2019 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
What are your impressions of the Giants new receiving corps?
Awesome, as usual. That's always a position I have looked at intently. I have to say that Hixon is one of my favorites. He's a great returner and he makes big plays; and the new guys that came in last year, they can only get better.
What are your thoughts on Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham?
Last year was a phenomenal year as far as I'm concerned, for rookies. I didn't have a rookie season that great...they are only going to get better. Their confidence is flourishing now and the timing with Eli should be there so I'm looking for big things this year.
Tell us a little bit about the chemistry you and the other receivers had with Phil Simms
Phil McConkey was one of the best teachers I ever had. When I came to the team I gotta admit I didn't like him at first. Who is this little guy running around with flags and all that ..but once I got to know him and saw how passionate he was about playing the position, he helped me and Odessa Turner out so much.
As far as the timing with Simms, we got that just from practicing all the time. I remember the first time I came here I was in the stadium catching passes I was dropping everyhting ..Parcells went and called him out of weights to come watch me run routes. He saw how fast I was, he knew he had to relese the ball a lot sooner than had in the past. Once we got that worked out, it was a beautiful marriage.
The nickname "Touchdown Maker" - how did that come about?
Actually, I didn't give myself that nickname, cause that's cocky. I was playing a game in junior college, I scored four touchdowns off of four passes. A reporter came up to me and asked me if I minded if he printed 'Stephen Baker the touchdown maker goes wild', and I just said, sure, go ahead. From then on I was scoring 3-4 touchdowns in junior college and when I got to Fresno it just kind of stuck. I didn't score a lot in the pros, but whenever they called my number, I averaged over 28 yards and every five catches - a touchdown.
Your most famous TD was in Super Bowl XXV. Was that a called play, or did (Jeff) Hostetler check off and throw you the ball?
No, that was a called play. We used it earlier in the playoffs against the Bears and earlier in the season against the Cardinals. As soon as they called the play. I knew it was coming to me if I could beat my man off the line of scrimmage. Our line blocked well and it was a great pass.
How do you feel about Leonard (Marshall) getting the job at Hudson Catholic?
I saw him prior to him getting that job. I didn't know that that was going to happen but I'm happy for him. They couldn't have picked a better guy for the job.
Stephen Baker is currently working as a teacher at the James J. Flynn Elementary School in Perth Amboy, NJ.