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He’s controversial to some and a living legend to others. In Cleveland, he was the savior the city craved for a couple of seasons while showing signs of the franchise’s quarterback woes last season. He’s a lot of things, but Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (for now) has another title he puts above the rest: 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.

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.

Emily Mayfield: The Love of Baker’s Life

Baker Mayfield & his wife Emily Mayfield attend the 2019 NFL Honors.
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Emily (Wilkinson) Mayfield, 31, 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 2 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, Ohio after Baker was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, 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.

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She’s also starred alongside her football star husband in numerous Progressive Insurance commercials:

Recently, Emily shared how her husband has been doing following Deshaun Watson’s trade to the Browns this offseason. The move effectively ended Baker’s career in Cleveland, and he has yet to find a new team, but Emily said his spirits are high in a Q&A on her Instagram story.

“He’s great!” Emily wrote. “Been training a ton and playing plenty of golf in his free time.”

Even though Mayfield only threw 17 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season, he was playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder a majority of the year. He can still be a solid starter in the right situation.

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Baker’s marriage with the Cleveland Browns is over, but his marriage with Emily is as strong as ever.

She Thought He Was a “Punk Football Player” When They Met

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield & his wife Emily attend banquet in California in 2018.
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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.

Even years after Baker’s successful college career at the University of Oklahoma, it’s safe to say Emily got herself a keeper.

This post was originally published on July 8, 2019.

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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for TheDupes.net and Football.com. A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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