Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield stunned many this week when he went out of his way to show support for U.S. soldiers.
During practice on Tuesday, Mayfield and others took part in signing autographs and speaking with the fans who were in attendance to watch the practice.
When the team issued a directive to stop signing autographs and get back to practice, Mayfield refused after he spotted several men serving in the U.S. Army.
In a brief video exchange of the encounter, Mayfield can be seen speaking with every single soldier and signing whatever they asked of him.
The NFL quarterback even took several photos with the servicemen.
“Baker Mayfield was called off the field by the team when autographs were supposed to be over. He refused and signed and took selfies with every soldier remaining on the field,” Cleveland.com reporter Hayden Grove captioned the video of Mayfield on Twitter.
Baker Mayfield was called off the field by the team when autographs were supposed to be over. He refused and signed and took selfies with every soldier remaining on the field. #Browns pic.twitter.com/gY8zm525yK
— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) August 6, 2019
Several of the soldiers in the clip can be heard telling Mayfield about his “biggest fans” from other cities and thanked him for taking the time for them.
In a time when the NFL glorifies national anthem protests and disrespecting the American flag, many will find it awesome to see Mayfield show his respect to the soldiers who risk their lives every single day to protect the country.
This is not the first time Mayfield has taken a shot at political correctness.
Earlier this year, Mayfield called out a high school in Ohio for dropping valedictorian and salutatorian honors out of sensitivity to students who don’t earn the awards.
“This is so dumb,” he wrote in a tweet captioning the news. “You’re telling me competition doesn’t bring out the best in people? If you want something bad enough, work for it.”
“People are too soft,” added Mayfield.
The message went viral, racking up over 53,000 re-tweets and 247,000 likes.
This is so dumb. You’re telling me competition doesn’t bring out the best in people? If you want something bad enough, work for it. People are too soft. https://t.co/fKUSJhFUF5
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) May 11, 2019
As noted by The Blaze, Mayfield himself “worked hard enough” to achieve his dreams, becoming the first-ever walk-on player to win the coveted Heisman Trophy while he played at the University of Oklahoma in 2017.
He then proceeded to score major success in the NFL:
Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy in 2017, becoming the only walk-on player to ever win the premier college football award. Mayfield then became the 2018 NFL draft’s No. 1 overall pick and was headed to the Browns. He went on the break the NFL rookie record with his 27th touchdown pass last December, having started only 13 games.
Many will appreciate his “tell it like it is” mindset, and he probably got a few more fans this week after his show of respect to U.S. soldiers.