Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is on the verge of capturing the Sooners’ first Heisman Trophy since Sam Bradford won the award in 2008.
And while it’s not necessarily a secret, it could just be the most impactful moment ever in Mayfield’s already impressive collegiate career — if perhaps not his entire life.
Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel wrote on Saturday that Mayfield’s life is about to change “for the next 50 years” should the Heisman Trophy front-runner indeed walk out of New York City with some more hardware by the end of the night.
And former award-winners can attest to that.
According to Tramel, former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White said he didn’t fully process the magnitude of the award until after he won it in December 2003. White said “you don’t know what that means” at the time of the ceremony but described the gradual change as “an amazing experience.”
Former Oklahoma running back Steve Owens, who captured the Heisman Trophy in 1969, expressed similar remarks to White. Owens said “he was just a kid” when he won it and never dreamt that the Heisman trophy would become a core piece of his identity in the generations to come.
Now, Saturday night will likely mark the start of that chapter for Mayfield, who never lost a true road game in three years with the Sooners. And with the playoff looming, his legacy at Oklahoma still has room for even more accomplishments.
The Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 9 at PlayStation Theater in New York, New York. The ceremony can be viewed on ESPN.
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