Baker Mayfield’s Pop Culture References During Press Conferences — Here’s Why He Does It

Baker Mayfield may be young, but he’s made a significant impact in the NFL over the past few years. A quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Mayfield began his football career as a walk-on player for the Texas Tech Raiders. After he won multiple awards and honors, including the Heisman in 2017, the Cleveland Browns drafted him in 2018.

Though Mayfield has received acclaim for his on-field prowess, his personality and unique mannerisms have made headlines and kept pop culture fans talking. Notably, he has established a tradition of making pop culture references during news conferences — and fans can’t get enough. 

Baker Mayfield’s most outrageous pop culture references

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Cleveland Browns, addresses the media during the press conference after the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2018, in Tampa, Florida
Baker Mayfield at a press conference on October 21, 2018 | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Soon after Baker Mayfield joined the Browns, he began making seemingly random yet hilarious pop culture references at press conferences.

Over time, he ramped up his quips until it became an apparent habit at every press conference.

In the 2020 NFL season alone, Mayfield made multiple references, from Snoop Dogg’s song lyrics to quotes from The Office.

And during Week 7 of the 2020 season, he referenced a DMX song, Sporting News reported:

“It is just a necessary mindset of doing whatever it takes to win. Having to watch that first quarter … Stop. Drop. Shut ’em down. Open up shop. Like, oh no. That’s how Ruff Ryders roll.”

More recently, following the Cleveland Browns’ 26-6 victory over the Chicago Bears, Mayfield name-dropped some Kanye West albums during the postgame presser:

“We’re continuing to get better and finding ways to win. There’s never going to be a point where you feel like you’ve reached that Graduation level and you have mastered the offensive system,” the QB said.

“You always want to try and improve. For us, we each have that mindset of not being College Dropout(s) — continuing to get better and finding ways to win.”

Why does Baker Mayfield make pop culture references at his press conferences?

Fans have wondered why Baker Mayfield has been dropping so many pop culture references in recent months. According to For the Win, the answer is simple.

Mayfield revealed he takes cues from his teammates:

“There’s a thing going on in the QB room that I have to slide in a certain quote, or there’s a fine I have to pay.”

He’s growing increasingly creative with his choice of quotes, nodding to everything from rap lyrics to popular movies such as Talladega Nights

Fan reactions to the QB’s pop culture shout-outs

Baker Mayfield is a star not only on the gridiron but also on social media. Fans aren’t shy about shouting out their love for the quarterback, praising his sense of humor, witty personality, and acting skills.

“He’s really funny. Great in production meetings too,” a fan wrote on Twitter.

Another wrote, “Baker Mayfield is the ultimate evolution of what Brady Quinn and Johnny Football were meant to be,” referring to the quarterback’s commercial productions. 

Ultimately, Mayfield’s talents on the football field will keep him in the game for years to come. Still, there’s no doubt his quirky personality and social media savvy will help keep him relevant even among followers who don’t tune in to watch him throw passes.

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