Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
Tim O. Baylor, born in Washington, D.C., is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League. He played college football at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1976 NFL draft. He played for the Colts for three seasons and the Minnesota Vikings for one season in 1979. Baylor was the tallest defensive back in history of the NFL at 6'6".
Since retiring from the NFL, Baylor has been an active member of the business and political scene in the Minneapolis community where he currently resides. Baylor, a current Blake grandparent, is the founder and president of JADT Development Group, a residential and commercial developer in Minneapolis, which also owns and operates eight McDonald's restaurants in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. Baylor has also served as a former member of the Minneapolis Planning Commission from 1992 to 2001 and ran as a candidate for Minnesota lieutenant governor in 2006. Baylor currently serves on the boards of the Minneapolis Foundation, the North Memorial Hospital System, MEET Minneapolis and is a member of the National Football League Players Association.
His most recent effort is a $60 million project in north Minneapolis designed to bring a mix of market-rate and affordable apartments to West Broadway. The combination of affordable and market-rate rental options is badly needed in north Minneapolis.
In his Breakfast at Blake presentation, "The Color of Law," Baylor discussed how federal laws have created and impacted segregation—how they are still active at the state and local levels and why it is still happening in the Twin Cities.