He attended Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon and was a standout three-sport athlete for the school"s teams, the Democrats.
He played college football and college basketball at the Oregon State University. In the spring of his senior year, he played in the Final Four of the 1963 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men"s Division I Basketball Tournament with the Oregon State Beavers men"s basketball team Baker was the first overall pick in the 1963 NFL draft and played with the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) from 1963 to 1965.
He then played for one season in the Canadian Football League (Canadian Football League) with the Edmonton Eskimos, in 1966.
Baker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Baker was also a great baseball player.
He earned a letter all four years of high school in baseball and led his team to the 1959 Oregon School Activities Association state championship. Football, however, was Baker"s most dominant sport.
Baker played quarterback and tailback for the Democrats.
As a senior, he threw for 1,261 yards and ran for 438 yards. Baker played point guard on the Oregon State basketball team He also played football for Oregon State from 1960 to 1962, throwing for 3,476 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushing for 1503 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1963.
Baker"s 99-yard run against Villanova in the 1962 Liberty Bowl, the only score in Oregon State"s 6–0 victory, remains an National Collegiate Athletic Association record. Because plays from scrimmage can never start from the goal line, the record can never be broken, only tied.
After graduation, Baker was the first overall pick in the 1963 NFL Draft, by the Los Angeles Rams. He played with the Rams for three seasons and then for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (Canadian Football League), while earning a Juris Doctor at the University of Southern California Law School.
Baker was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Oregon State has retired his #11 football jersey. Baker is now retired from law practice and living in Portland, Oregon.
Terry Baker is a member of Oregon State Bar, American Bar Association.