Former NFL defensive lineman Chris Baker says he suffered a stroke in which his «life almost ended.»

The 35-year-old required emergency surgery for the stroke, which his mother told TMZ Sports was «serious.»

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Washington’s Chris Baker (92) celebrates after the sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on December 19, 2016 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.
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«Tell your loved ones you love them my life almost ended 2 days [sic] ago,» Baker wrote in an expired Instagram Stories.

«I can’t believe I had a stroke,» she continued. «But God isn’t done with me yet.»

Baker suffered the stroke on Friday and had been connected to IV at the hospital.

Chris Baker #92 celebrates winning the NFC East division against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Chris Baker #92 celebrates winning the NFC East division against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
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His mother added that he is responding well and is expected to make a full recovery, calling it a «miracle.»

He went undrafted out of Hampton University in 2009 after previously playing at Penn State. He played one game for the Denver Broncos that year and one for the Miami Dolphins in 2010, but spent six seasons with Washington. He last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chris Baker #92 on the sideline during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

Chris Baker #92 on the sideline during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.
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In 93 career games, he recorded 214 tackles and 12 sacks. He started in 55 contests.

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