Baker Mayfield's GQ Interview

Hey, Daniel! HAVE SOME!

Jim Rome
August 20, 2019 - 9:47 am
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Another day and another profile on Baker Mayfield. And I’ll be real.  I just can’t get enough... This time, it’s in GQ. And you know what that means – if it’s an NFL player getting profiled in GQ in August, somebody is going to get lit on fire. And it’s going to be awesome. And I am going to absolutely love it.

Last year, it was Jalen Ramsey saying that Bills quarterback Josh Allen “is trash. I don't care what nobody say. He's trash.” And chasing that with “Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks.”

That was awesome. So when Baker Mayfield sat down with Clay Skipper of GQ, I knew it was going to be good. When Baker sits down with ANYONE I now it’s going to be good. Because someone or something is going to get roasted. And they’re going to deserve it. 

And it was everything I hoped it would be. They sat down for the interview at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, where there is a Baker Mayfield Steak on the menu.

When it was added to the menu last year, Baker wasn’t sure it was a great idea. “We had barely won any games. I didn't think I deserved it yet.”

He was asked if he deserves it now and then said: “Just because I know where we're headed.”

There is the usual re-set of the his journey from high school to Texas Tech to Oklahoma, including the fact that he transferred to OU without telling anyone.

Bob Stoops told GQ: “When he comes up to me, he hadn't bothered to call anybody about transferring. You're not just transferring anywhere. We just ended up somewhere in the top five, six, in the country the year before, beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and our redshirt freshman quarterback was the MVP of the game. He's gonna come and transfer to Oklahoma to play quarterback? So it just tells you all you need to know right there. That this guy, he came up and introduced himself, had a big smile and serious look on his face like, ‘I'm gonna do this.’ 

Again, he transferred to Oklahoma, one of the elite programs in the country, and didn’t bother telling anyone. He wasn’t checking to see if he’d have an opportunity or if he’d be a good fit. He just showed up.

And was probably thinking, why would I tell them? I’ll just win the job when I get there and then they’ll know when I’m there.

And then there’s the reminder of the flag plant after beating Ohio State in Columbus. And the fact that he had to apologize for it. And if you think that was heartfelt, it was not.

On a scale of one to ten of heartfelt-ness, he said the number is: “Zero. Zero. Absolutely not.”

And then there’s the story about him meeting with teams before the NFL draft and the fact that he was pretty clear that he was going to go early in the first round. So he didn’t bother studying playbooks for teams who were drafting late in the first round. And those teams didn’t appreciate it when he met with them.

Like when he met with the Chargers: “They hated it. They're like, ‘Are you serious?’ I go, ‘Yeah, you guys have the 17th pick.’ ”

Again, that is pure Baker. That is so confident, so brash, so Baker. Why waste time learning a team’s playbook that you know won’t take it. That’s smart. And I love it.

But then there’s the greatest moment. And I’m going to read the entire excerpt:

Near our booth, a Sports Center segment about the New York Giants catches Mayfield's eye. “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield says, about New York's much-maligned draft-day decision to spend the sixth pick on the quarterback from Duke (whose college record was a measly 17–19). “Blows my mind.”

Holy crap, did you catch that? He’s just sitting there, doing an interview, sees Daniel Jones on the TV and says: “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind.”

Hey, Daniel! HAVE SOME! Imagine you’re Daniel Jones, just minding your business, walking along, and then Baker comes flying through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man to light you the hell up.

Jalen Ramsey saying Josh Allen is “trash” can’t believe Baker just took that run at Daniel Jones. He might as well have said: Daniel Jones, what kind of a name is that? How vanilla is that? 17-19 record and a 17-19 name.

Except that’s not Baker just taking a run for no reason. I don’t even think it’s personal. I don’t think he’s bent about Daniel Jones. It’s not like Jones got taken ahead of him. It’s not like the Giants picked Jones over Baker.

For Baker, this isn’t personal to Jones. It’s just business. This isn’t between Baker and Jones, it’s between Baker and the world.

And….and…He’s got a point. And the point is that  “Some people overthink it. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win.”

And then follows it up with this: “Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team, or you don't.”

His point is that winners win. That is a dude with a history of winning. And letting you know about it.