Billy Bajema

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Billy Bajema
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Bajema after Ravens practice at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in August 2012.
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Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 36)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Oklahoma City (OK) Westmoore
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2005  / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:40
Receiving yards:416
Receiving average:10.4
Receiving TDs:2
Player stats at NFL.com

William Daryl Bajema II (born October 31, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State.

American football Team field sport

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Tight end position in American football

The tight end (TE) is a position in American football, arena football, and formerly Canadian football, on the offense. The tight end is often seen as a hybrid position with the characteristics and roles of both an offensive lineman and a wide receiver. Like offensive linemen, they are usually lined up on the offensive line and are large enough to be effective blockers. On the other hand, unlike offensive linemen, they are eligible receivers adept enough to warrant a defense's attention when running pass patterns.

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Early years

Bajema attended Brink Junior High and Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was a three-sport letterwinner in: football, baseball, and basketball. In football, as a senior, he passed for 845 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions as the team's quarterback, and also saw playing time at defensive end. As a senior, he was named by both the Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World as an all state honorable mention, and also played in the Oil Bowl. While attending Westmoore High School, Bajema was also a stand out baseball player, receiving interest by major league scouts. He was also in National Honor Society and kept a high grade point.

Westmoore High School

Westmoore High School is an American four-year public high school located in south Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The school was founded in 1988 and serves the ninth through the twelfth grades as part of the Moore Public School District. Westmoore was the second high school in the district after Moore High School. Southmoore High School, which opened in the 2008–2009 academic year, is the third.

Touchdown means of scoring in both American and Canadian football

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Quarterback position in gridiron football

A quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

College career

After arriving at Oklahoma State University, Bajema switched to tight end where he played extensively throughout all 4 seasons. He played in 46 games making 37 starts and recorded 52 receptions for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and as a senior, he won ESPN Academic All-American honors. Bajema was a double major in pre-med and business and graduated with a 3.7 GPA.

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Professional career

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables
HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yard split20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅞ *261 *4.67 *1.64 *2.77 *4.30 *7.05 *31½" *9'05" *16 *37*
* represents NFL Combine

San Francisco 49ers

Bajema was drafted by San Francisco 49ers in seventh round (249th pick overall) in 2005 NFL Draft. On June 8, 2005, he signed a 3-year $1.043 million contract with the 49ers. Bajema made it to the final roster after the preseason and by the end of the 2007 NFL season, he had played in 45 games with 15 starts.

2005 NFL Draft

The 2005 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 23–24, 2005. The league also held a supplemental draft that year, which was held after the regular draft but before the regular season. The draft took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, and was televised for the 26th consecutive year on ESPN and ESPN2. The NFL draft had been held at Madison Square Garden since 1995, but was moved to the Javits Center in 2005. The draft featured the San Francisco 49ers selecting first overall Alex Smith from the University of Utah. compensatory selections were distributed amongst fourteen teams, with the Philadelphia Eagles and the St. Louis Rams garnering the most with four picks each. Three of the first five picks were running backs, an NFL draft first. The 255 players chosen in the draft were composed of:

Bajema signed his one-year, $927,000 tender as a restricted free agent to stay with the 49ers in 2008. Bajema was mostly used as the blocking tight end by 49ers.

St. Louis Rams

An unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season, Bajema signed a three-year $2.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams on March 30, 2009. The contract included a $270,000 signing bonus and salaries of $620,000 in 2009, $626,000 in 2010 and $985,000 in 2011. [1]

Baltimore Ravens

Bajema signed with the Baltimore Ravens on August 1, 2012. He helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII over his old team, the 49ers to earn his first championship ring. After leaving the Ravens following the 2012 season, Bajema was re-signed by the team one day before its 2013 season opener, filling the roster spot opened by starting tight end Dennis Pitta's injury. On the Ravens' first score of the season, Bajema went in motion prior to the snap, putting the entire opposing Denver Broncos defense off-guard and nearly single-handedly contributing to Vonta Leach's touchdown reception.

Baltimore Ravens National Football League franchise in Baltimore, Maryland

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Super Bowl XLVII 2013 Edition of the Super Bowl

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Dennis Pitta American football tight end

Dennis Gregory Pitta Jr. is a former American football tight end. He played college football at BYU, where he was a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After two strong seasons in the NFL, Pitta suffered a hip injury in 2013 and played only occasionally until 2016, when he had his best NFL season. A further injury in 2017 ended his career.

Personal life

Bajema was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He resides in Oklahoma City. [2]

In 2004, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented Billy Bajema with the first of what is now a yearly award in Bobby Bowden's name, The National Bobby Bowden Award, which honors one college football player for their achievements on the field and in the classroom and for their conduct as a faith model in the community. Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must also have the backing of his school's athletic director and head football coach. The award allows for a scholarship to be put forth for graduate studies. In 2014, Bajema began coaching football at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, where former Oklahoma State teammate Rashaun Woods was named head coach in 2012. [3]

Bajema is a member of Oklahoma City Trinity Church of the Nazarene. He co-wrote a book with Nazarene General Superintendent Stan Toler.

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References

  1. http://www.49ers.com/team/roster_detail.php?PRKey=30
  2. Shadid, Trent (August 11, 2014). "High schools: Former NFL tight end Billy Bajema joins John Marshall staff". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 15, 2015.