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NFL Star Baker Mayfield Insists on Greeting Every Last Soldier, Even After Team Tells Him Event Is Over

To say that Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is no stranger to controversy would be a massive understatement.

Whether he’s feuding with television hosts, teammates or even entire fan bases, any time Mayfield is in a headline, you can almost feel the tension emanating from the Browns front office.

Mayfield, after all, is a young man expected to be a franchise-saving quarterback, despite not being cut from the same type of cloth of players such as Drew Brees or Tom Brady as far as behavior is concerned.

Unlike the more subdued and demur Brees and Brady, Mayfield is brash, outspoken and unafraid to go completely off-script from time to time.

This time, however, Mayfield’s refusal to follow all the rules actually led to a heartwarming and awesome moment for a group of soldiers.

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As Cleveland.com reporter Hayden Grove revealed on Twitter, Mayfield refused to leave the field Tuesday despite team officials telling him that the soldiers’ autograph session was supposed to be over.

In fact, Mayfield insisted on meeting each and every last soldier who had come out to meet the Browns star.

Mayfield stuck around past when he was supposed to, and whether team officials liked it or not, the 24-year-old quarterback stuck around to sign shirts, footballs and take selfies.

As of Sunday morning, the video had over 41,000 likes and was still climbing. The overwhelming response to the video has been incredibly positive.

A Twitter user who appears to be one of the soldiers in attendance at the event also expressed gratitude.

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Mayfield and the Browns are entering the 2019-2020 NFL season dealing with something the franchise hasn’t had in quite a while — expectations.

The team finished last season at 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs, but there was plenty to be excited for.

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The Browns won five of their last seven games, played an exciting and uptempo brand of football, and, most importantly of all, appear to have found their superstar quarterback in Mayfield. On top of that, some real defensive stars appeared to emerge in players like Denzel Ward and Myles Garrett.

Throw in the offseason acquisition of the mercurial, but supremely talented, Odell Beckham Jr., and the Browns are brimming with as much, if not more, young talent than any other team in the NFL.

The excitement became all the more palpable after the Browns’ stellar preseason debut Thursday where they blasted the Washington Redskins 30-10.

Mayfield looked sharp in his only drive of the game, going 5-of-6 for 77 yards and a touchdown.

But he looked even sharper taking some extra time with those soldiers.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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