It wasn’t supposed to happen, but Budda Baker snatched the game-winning interception for the Arizona Cardinals in a 27-17 victory against the Los Angeles Rams.
Baker told Arizona Sports he put in a lot of work throughout the week to be good enough to play. After getting that MRI, they were telling me a certain amount of time I would be missing, but honestly, I just didn’t let that sink in. As a result, I didn’t let it get to me, but instead worked on my ankle and continued to treat it one day at a time. After Thursday, I was feeling okay. Friday was the day I practiced a little bit, ‘I think I can do it.’ I continued treating all weekend, and it feels good to get this W today.”
He was expected to be out for multiple weeks after sustaining a high ankle sprain. In order to win the division, the safety made four tackles and jumped in front of a John Wolford pass, taking it 53 yards to wrap up the victory for the Kyler Murray-less Cards.
After Baker played through an injury that most would have been in a walking boot, he was asked if he was human.
He grinned. “Or maybe I’m not.“
James Conner called him Wolverine. “We call him Weapon X.”
As both starting quarterbacks were out, Baker provided energy and helped his teammates win the game.
“I felt like I was good enough to play,” Baker said. “I’m not my true self (when healthy), but I’m good enough to win.”