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Duff Talks Sports Stuff: Baker Mayfield is the Personality We Need

Adam Duffy, Website Editor

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Sorry, Kansas fans.

Baker Mayfield is the personality the NCAA and NFL desperately need.

Let me start this by saying: I love college football. College football is filled with more passion, community and excitement than nearly any other professional or ameatuer sport. But in recent years, players have become something a bit more than dull, to be short.

Every post-game conference feels as though athletes are given the same script, relying on phrases like “We played hard and pulled out a win. I’d like to thank my teammates for sticking with me and playing through the clock.” I can barely stand to watch the interviews — they have become repetitive and boring.

Baker Mayfield is not boring.

As disliked as he may be, Baker Mayfield has turned the Oklahoma Sooners into a playoff bound spotlight for the 14 weeks, starting with planting the flag in the Ohio State center field “O.”After that stunt, everyone was tuning into Sooners’ games to watch Mayfield gridiron play and sideline antics. In fact, Google Trends shows a peak for searching “Baker Mayfield” the day after the Oklahoma-Ohio State game.

But Baker isn’t just a sideshow to distract fans. With a lone loss to Iowa State, Mayfield has been the driving force of Oklahoma’s impressive offense, averaging over 42 points a game, along with 37 passing touchdowns so far this season. Mayfield has arguably become to most watched Heisman candidate.

Mayfield is a generational talent, and he’ll let you know. Mayfield rallies up fans with love and hate, getting more people to watch and hope they can dethrone the senior star. But, that’s just the NCAA. Baker Mayfield has a great chance of being drafted by the NFL this coming April, and may be the NFL’s ticket back to the entertainment juggernaut we knew it to be.

Sports such as basketball and soccer and pushing professional football out of the spotlight, as it is nearly encouraged for athletes to show their personalities. The NFL has become a boring, unsurprising league, even after allowing players to celebrate touchdowns. The only thing that can save the NFL from falling behind is personality, and Mayfield has it.

We can look at the hundreds of athletes playing college football and talk of how sportsmanlike they are, how athletic they can be, or how they can play the game. But that’s not what the game needs. Football needs a fire.

Mayfield is a fire, and I love it.

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