Despite missing out on the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is still taking home some hardware. He’s been named the Cleveland Sports Awards’ Professional Athlete of the Year.
The past 12 months have been a crazy ride for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. From No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to seven NFL Rookie of the Week awards to Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up, Mayfield has made noise around the NFL since being selected by the Browns out of Oklahoma.
On Wednesday evening his big year ended up being greeted with another milestone as he was named the Cleveland Sports Award Professional Athlete of the Year.
Mayfield, as Browns fans know, set the rookie passing touchdown record with 27 in just 13 starts. Battling through adversity in the first half of the season, Mayfield blossomed in Freddie Kitchens’ offense. With another year under his belt, he’ll likely be one the NFL’s most exciting players to watch in 2019.
Really, this award shouldn’t have taken much deliberation at all. For a franchise as hapless as the Browns, a legitimate presence at the most important position in sports means more than anything else in the city of Cleveland.
The Browns have struggled since the 1990s to find their man at quarterback, and now that they have it, which means he’ll be a legend in Cleveland forever. And his star is only growing with awards like this, as well as his newfound stardom in the entertainment world.
Congratulations Baker, and thank you for bringing hope back to the Browns. You deserve this one. Love, Cleveland.