Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Stanford running back Bryce Love and last year’s winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, finished second and third in the voting, respectively
Mayfield went from a walk-on to the best college football player in 3 years. Minus his antics off the field, there is something to say about his unexpected journey and his belief in himself. During his speech, Mayfield thanked everyone for helped him reached this point in his life.
Baker Mayfield got choked up while thanking Lincoln Riley and his parents pic.twitter.com/eQf16E7MpM
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 10, 2017
The 22-year-old QB thanked the coaches that impacted his career. “Coach Stoops (former head coach), you welcomed a chubby, unathletic kid into the program with open arms. I wouldn’t say that many would do that, but thank you. The thing that I’m most thankful for is hiring coach Riley. The day you did that changed my life.” Mayfield continued “Coach Riley, you’ve been a great mentor to me. We’ve been through a lot together, so I appreciate you.”
“To my family, love you guys. There were times that I had to move. You guys have made sacrifice after sacrifice just so I could chase my dreams, wouldn’t be here without you. Love you.–Sacrifice after sacrifice you guys have instilled a mentality in me of loyalty and how to have a family that’s second to none, and I appreciate that.”
Mayfield finished his speech with a message for the kids: “To the kids out there, don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”