Here is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield's full statement following the news he will only have one more year of eligibility at Oklahoma.
For the full story on that, here ya go:
For Mayfield's statement, here ya go:
"I am only 21 years old, yet I have been through so much and learned so much more because of it. And I am so thankful for my journey because of it. Many might say that I have been given everything in my life… And you’re right, my Lord and Savior gave me everything. But have not been spoon fed by any means.
He blessed me with parents who taught me to outwork anybody till I should satisfied. Because of them I was raised in a very secure area and surrounded by many great people, but that doesn’t mean it was always easy. I lost multiple competitions through middle school and high school. They pushed me through it till my goals were reached. That taught me to outwork anybody in my way.
I watched as our family struggled financially, and rented houses around the town just so I could finish my high school career where I grew up. That taught me to battle through circumstances.
Yes I was given offers in high school, but none of which were schools that I believed I could push myself to reach my potential. Once again my parents encouraged me to pick a big time university where I could chase my dreams, even when they could not afford it. I chose to go the hard route of walking on instead of the easiest option. That taught me to never settle or be satisfied with where I am.
Texas Tech allowed me to chase that dream and I am so thankful for that university. There I was blessed with the opportunity to play football for the NCAA and the conference I always hoped of playing in. Circumstances changed, and for the better of both schools I chose to leave and further pursue my goals at the university I dreamed of going to when I was a kid. Still while my parents couldn’t afford it, but they made the sacrifices for my future. Those steps taught me to always do what’s best for my family and friends; and if I am not happy, to go do something about it.
Once at the University of Oklahoma, I sat out for a year. Which was not easy for me. I struggled having to watch from the sidelines. I struggled with the fact that I could not do anything to help my teammates out. I struggled with the fact that no matter how hard I worked, I would not be able to test my ability on Saturdays. Although I was at the school I love, I was miserable. I was miserable watching the game I always played, but was not allowed to play because I chose to walk on to another school. That taught me to always find happiness no matter any circumstance.
After I served my year of sitting out, I pushed myself harder than I ever could have imagined… Just to finally earn a scholarship and later my position on the team. It was not easy and by no means went by quickly. I had lots of pressure and it my once called “dream” seem more like a job. This taught me to enjoy the process because it does not last forever.
This past season was so fun and it made all the work and struggles worth it. Although I’m not satisfied with how we ended up, I am thankful for the opportunity I had to go play the game I love with my teammates while we represented OU. This season taught me that even when I am in my darkest moments, there is so much more ahead. And that any pain I go through will be worth it in the end.
Now going in to my final year, I plan making it my best one yet. I plan on using every lesson I have learned to keep pushing myself and my team. I plan on staying open to learning even more so I can keep getting better and growing. The next year/season I do not know what all I will learn, but I am excited to do so.
Fans of Sooner Nation, thank you so much for welcoming me with open arms and supporting me through thick and thin. And to the people that do not like me, you probably think I have been given everything in my life, that I am a spoiled crybaby, and I respect that because it is your opinion that you are entitled to. But I really do not care. But I’ll be damned if I let somebody think I have been handed everything. I take advantage of the opportunities I am given. I work hard and I earn my teammates and coach’s respect because of that. I know how to make the most of my chances, that’s what my life has taught me. And if you don’t get the point already, I will be making the most out of my last season I get to suit up for Oklahoma. I can’t wait to get started.”