Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield thanked the state of Oklahoma in an article on The Players' Tribune on Thursday.
He said during his at OU, all he wanted was to earn the right to call himself an Oklahoma Sooner.
It was never about the stats or the press clippings or anything like that. For me, it was always was about earning the right to call myself an Oklahoma Sooner. Earning the right to wear that uniform I grew up worshipping.
At the end of the article, Mayfield thanked Sooner fans and cherished the opportunity he was given to play for OU.
Finally, there’s a special place in my heart for all the Sooner fans out there. It doesn’t feel right to call this a goodbye because I was a Sooner long before I enrolled at OU, and I’ll be a Sooner long after my playing days are over. So this isn’t the last you’ll see of me in Norman, not by a longshot. To all of you who supported me over the years, and even those who doubted me, I appreciate you. Nothing about this has been easy, but nothing that’s worthwhile ever is.
This has been the experience of a lifetime, and regardless of what comes next, I’ll always remember what it was like to be that unheralded walk-on who snuck onto the field to get a few extra reps in. Thank you for giving me a shot.
Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy in his last season at OU, is expected to be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
And now, as I prepare for this next step, I find myself extremely thankful to this university for the greatest gift imaginable: the ability to dream even bigger.