I’m from Las Vegas, Nevada. College football in Nevada is decent, but not nearly to the caliber of University of Oklahoma football. Not to mention OU is in the Big 12. For these reasons, and a few others, I’ve been watching OU football the last four years, ever since I committed to OCU.
OU has secured its place in the playoffs long before the regular season had come to end. However, there has been plenty of drama with OU’s quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is a passionate player who has just been selected as the winner of a Heisman Trophy, a prestigious honor for college quarterbacks looking to move on to the NFL Draft.
Many, though, disagree with the positive attention and potential awards that Mayfield has received in this 2017 season.
Mayfield is guilty of multiple offenses. He planted the OU flag on the Ohio State University field after an upset. He has grabbed his crotch and made vile gestures at the other team’s sideline. He was accused of throwing a football at the head of a TCU player during warmups. He’s been arrested for drunken misconduct. His Instagram posts are considered to be controversial due to his references of teams he has played or will play.
Mayfield has always been told he would never be a great quarterback. He’s 6’1”, which is short for a quarterback, and he’s stocky, while most are on the slimmer side. Mayfield is out to prove something to himself and to those that doubt him. So far, he’s proved an impressive career.
Since he’s been at OU, Mayfield has been explosive. He was named starting quarterback in 2015, and would eventually lead the team to the longest winning streak in Big 12 history. Mayfield’s college stats amount to 927 completions for 1,337 attempts. He has a total of 12,910 yards, 114 touchdown passes and only 29 interception passes.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because anyone who may be upset with Mayfield needs to toughen up. His behavior is eccentric, but look at what he has done for OU football. He gets younger fans excited about the game. He gets his team fired up. He wins games. He plays well, and he’s always at his best when people doubt him or trash talk him. Sure, we all make mistakes when we’re young. We’re all a little too hotheaded for our own good. Baker will learn his place in time, but for now, he deserves the chance to be fired up and take his place in NCAA and OU history.
As for Mayfield’s place in the NFL, players like Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Brady, Collin Kaepernick, Ezekiel Elliot, etc. have all proven to have passions similar to Mayfield. He will fit in just fine and has true potential to be a great professional quarterback someday. I just hope he considers playing for my New York Giants.