Tom Benson

David Baker has big plans for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and many already are on display

David Baker has big plans for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and many already are on display

David Baker is an enormous man with even bigger ideas.

Baker, who stands 6 feet 9 and weighs nearly 400 pounds, is always looking to do things on a grander scale, whether it was as an Orange County attorney, the mayor of Irvine, or commissioner of the Arena Football League.

Some people aim to reinvent the wheel. Baker wants to fit it with monster truck tires.

“If my dad owned an Arby’s, he’d want to make it the most extravagant Arby’s you’ve ever seen — times 10,” said his son, Sam, a USC fixture at left tackle during the Pete Carroll days.

But at some point in life you have to downshift, even for a man as energetic and ambitious as David Baker. So when he took...

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