Henry Randall Baskett III is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. A native of Clovis, New Mexico, Baskett played college football for the University of New Mexico. As a college football player, Baskett was a leading wide receiver and earned all-academic honors all his years at New Mexico and All-Mountain West conference honors in his senior season. Take a look below for 22 more fun and interesting facts about Hank Baskett.
1. Baskett was born in Clovis, New Mexico.
2. Baskett’s parents are Henry Randall “Hank” Baskett, Jr., who worked for the Air Force before becoming director of a social service program, and Judy Baskett, who works as a financial officer at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis.
3. He attended Clovis High School.
4. When Baskett attended the University of New Mexico, he was its football team’s leading receiver in 2004 and 2005, earning him the Reese Leroy Hill Memorial Award as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year during those years.
5. Additionally, he earned All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) honors as a senior, posting 67 receptions for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns.
6. A four-time all-academic MWC honoree, he graduated with a degree in General Management.
7. Baskett originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2006 and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Billy McMullen.
8. Baskett had 112 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys and 177 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. For his performance in these games, Baskett was awarded rookie of the week honors. He completed his rookie season with 22 receptions for 464 yards (21.1 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.
9. He was named the 2007 special teams Most Valuable Player (MVP).
10. In 2008, he started another six games, playing in 16 to record 33 receptions, 440 yards, and three touchdowns for a 13.3-yard average.
11. He headed into the 2009 off-season as a restricted free agent. He was tendered a one-year contract on February 23. Because the Eagles had been carrying seven wide receivers, he was made expendable and released on September 15, 2009, to make room for Michael Vick on the 53-man roster.
12. On September 17, 2009, Baskett signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts after Anthony Gonzalez suffered a knee injury.
13. On February 7, 2010, during Super Bowl XLIV versus the New Orleans Saints, Baskett failed to recover an onside kick at the start of the second half, which led to a Saints touchdown.
14. On March 12, 2010, Baskett signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for $800,000. He was released on September 21, 2010.
15. On September 22, 2010, Baskett re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in eight games in 2010, mostly on special teams, with one reception.
16. On March 3, 2011, he was not extended a tender by the Vikings, making him an unrestricted free agent, but effectively ending his NFL career.
17. Baskett co-stars in a spin-off of The Girls Next Door, titled Kendra, which focuses on his wife Kendra Wilkinson’s life after leaving the Playboy Mansion.
18. Baskett proposed to his girlfriend, Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson, on top of the Space Needle after six months of knowing each other.
19. They married on June 27, 2009, at the Playboy Mansion.
20. The couple have a son together, Henry Randall “Hank” Baskett IV (born December 11, 2009) and live in Los Angeles.
21. In October 2013, the couple announced they were expecting their second child; in December of same year, they announced it will be a girl.
22. Kendra gave birth to a baby girl who they named Alijah Mary Baskett on May 16, 2014.