Baker Mayfield has had quite an eventful off-season that has been filled with changes for his football team on the field and his personal life off the field.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback will have new offensive weapons in Odell Beckham Jr. and eventually Kareem Hunt, to go along with a stacked line-up of Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, David Njoku. Off the field, Mayfield tied the knot with fiancée Emily Wilkinson on July 6th.
ESPN’s Mina Kimes recently published a story in which it detailed how the Heisman Trophy winner got his future wife’s attention by repeatedly following and unfollowing her on instagram.
“The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch.
“I was assuming he’d be the typical playboy athlete,” says Wilkinson, who is four years older than Mayfield. Because the Rose Bowl was the next day, she thought they’d spend most of their date talking about the game. But it barely came up. Instead, she says, Mayfield spent their entire first date peppering her with questions about herself, her family, her plans for the future. The next day, after Oklahoma lost, ending its season, the quarterback texted Wilkinson and told her he was staying in LA. Three days later, he moved in with her and her brothers. Six months later, Emily and Baker were engaged.”
Mayfield and the Browns will kickoff the 2019 season at home on September 8th against the Tennessee Titans.