Posted February 20, 2019 in Articles
Author: John Hillbery
Baker Mayfield’s influence has electrified Cleveland Browns fans. This is a recounting of my first-hand experience with Cleveland’s franchise quarterback, and how he helped raise of $5,000 dollars for a local Cleveland charity.
As a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, I’ve always dreamed of the day that we would have a franchise quarterback. I’ve seen the ups and downs of this franchise for my entire life. I can only remember 2007 as the one winning season I’ve ever experienced as a fan of the Browns. But after coming off a promising 2018 campaign, we are headed in the right direction and have found our answer at quarterback.
Late in the 2018 season, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was fined $10,026 dollars by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct, during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Many of us Browns fans were shocked that he was fined. In a spur of the moment response to this news, I created a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay the fine for him, and over the course of a week, I experienced first-hand the power of Mayfield.
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Shortly after I created this campaign, I quickly realized that I wouldn’t have been able to pay the fine. Per the NFL:
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“the league withholds the amount of the fine from the player’s next check.”
So, then it was decided that this money would go to a Cleveland based charity, known as Providence House. Mayfield had worked with them previously throughout the season, and I thought that there was no better match out there! By this time, a couple thousand dollars had been raised by Browns fans, using my own personal social media accounts.
But then on the first day of 2019, the most unbelievable thing happened. Mayfield tweeted the link out. I was astonished. It was one of, if not, the most surreal moments of my life. I had never experienced this type of exposure before. What was I going to do? Soon enough, we had raised over $5,000 dollars for Providence House. It was an awesome way to start the new year. Mayfield had rallied Browns fans to come together to donate towards an amazing and heartfelt cause.
Mayfield’s electric personality is something so unique and intangible. To take a franchise on his shoulders that hasn’t had success in such a long time and completely seize the moment is something that has captivated us all. Being able to start my 2019 off this was such a surreal moment and one that I will never be able to forget. We are still only in the beginning of Mayfield’s career. But his influence is undeniable and the electricity that he has put into this team has revived our long-dormant franchise.
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