He’s controversial to some and a living legend to others. In Cleveland, he’s the savior that city craved in the hopes of revitalizing a long-forgotten NFL franchise. He’s a lot of things, but now, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has another title: husband.
Back in 2019, Mayfield married girlfriend Emily Wilkinson at a ceremony in Malibu, California. The pair started dating following Oklahoma’s 2018 Rose Bowl loss to Georgia and made their first public appearance during a Los Angeles Clippers game. Just over a year later, they were hitched.
“Mr. Mayfield here checking in with Mrs. Mayfield,” the NFL star said on his Instagram story. “Oh my goodness, I’m married. We’re married.”
Many of the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner’s current and former teammates were in attendance, including Kyler Murray, Dede Westbrook, Conor Knight, Geno Lewis, Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, Ty Darlington and Oklahoma Sooners co-offensive coordinator Cale Gundy, who tweeted a photograph of the group at Calamigos Ranch.
Former college football teammates Tanner Schafer and Grant Calcaterra served as ushers during the ceremony, according to OU Daily.
Who is Baker Mayfield’s Wife Emily Wilkinson Mayfield?
Emily (Wilkinson) Mayfield, 30, is a former Instagram model and social media influencer. She has an even more famous family member. Her brother, who goes by Sammy Wilk, has 1.5 million followers on his Instagram account.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she previously attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked at Galanis Plastic Surgery as a patient coordinator in Beverly Hills every day before quitting her “favorite job ever” to move to Cleveland back in May 2018, according to TMZ.
“A year ago today, you asked me to spend forever with you, and next weekend we officially say ‘I do.’ I am truly the luckiest girl in the world,” Wilkinson said in a social media post before their wedding and one year after his rookie season.
The 26-year-old Cleveland Browns quarterback and former first overall NFL Draft pick was stuck in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19 but returned to throwing touchdowns for the Browns alongside teammates Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Myles Garrett and Odell Beckham Jr. under new head coach Kevin Stefanski (after Freddie Kitchens was fired) in preparation for the seasons ahead. Browns fans should have plenty of reasons to be excited.
In June 2020, the New York Post reported Emily backed her husband’s plan to kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with black NFL players. By the time the season rolled around, he said he wouldn’t be kneeling and became a trending topic as the NFL season got underway.
She’s starred alongside her football star husband in numerous Progressive Insurance commercials:
The pair has also helped the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Mayfields donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for those heavily affected by the pandemic in Ohio.
“Wherever you’re at, whatever community you’re in, anything matters, anything helps. We’re all affected by this,” Mayfield said on Instagram. “Love, thoughts and prayers out to everybody else, so prayers out.”
How Did They Meet?
Emily told ESPN‘s Mina Kimes in 2019 the story of how they met. Apparently she was pretty worried Baker would be the “punk football player” she was expecting:
The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch.
“I was assuming he’d be the typical playboy athlete,” says Wilkinson, who is four years older than Mayfield. — Mina Kimes, ESPN.com.
I guess he made quite the impression on Emily, because two years later they were hitched.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield then led his team to a National Football League playoff berth during the 2020 season, which included a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round and a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional round. He threw more than three times as many touchdowns as he had interceptions last year.
Even years after Baker’s successful college career at the University of Oklahoma, it’s safe to say Emily got herself a winner.
The Cheesecake Factory Mistress
In February 2020, a 20-year-old woman named Kacie Dingess alleged that she and Baker Mayfield hooked up in the parking lot of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Cleveland.
Dingess claimed on the Cleveland radio show “Rover’s Morning Glory” that Mayfield used a fake Snapchat account to reach out to her, which grew into an online relationship of sorts. She says Mayfield invited her to the parking lot for their “first date” where they got in the backseat of his SUV, and she performed oral sex on him just weeks after his marriage.
The woman said on the morning show that “everyone in my town” of Rittman, Ohio, knew about the affair.
Dingess hasn’t produced any substantial evidence that any of this is true, and the newlywed Baker and Emily Mayfield never publicly acknowledged the allegations.
A few days after Dingess’ interview, Emily Mayfield seemed to cryptically respond to the claims in an Instagram post that was captioned, “Even if people don’t want you to be, you’re always perfect in my eyes. ilysm.”
Anyways, here’s to hoping the Mayfields sustain a long and happy marriage.
This post was originally published on July 8, 2019.