You wouldn’t know from looking at it, but the statue of Baker Mayfield Heisman was erected in Norman. It’s not a Cristiano-Ronaldo-level disaster, but it’s also certainly not the face of Baker Mayfield. My best theory at the moment is that the sculptor has guessed what the Heisman award-winning quartet will look like some 35 years from now and then just that vibe. I want to go with this theory because the only alternative explanation for what happened there is that the sculptor had never seen Mayfield in their life and just erected a statue of a random man. doing the iconic Heisman pose.
Literally, it’s hard to see that photos of Mayfield standing next to the statue would, without context, never be interpreted as a young man standing next to his own statue. Witness this with your own eyes and laugh out loud:
Speculations about the real inspiration for this statue’s face (we can’t, honestly, it’s Mayfield) are running on Twitter – comparisons range from Glenn Howerton of Always Sunny to James The late Dean, from 2 Fast 2 Furious‘Cole Hauser is coming Terminator 2of the T-1000 (The villains in the sequel? Can’t even get the original. That’s tough).
A lot of this could have been avoided had the statue been wearing a helmet, but it does seem to imply that Mayfield was playing a football game without a helmet. Some of the problem seems to be with a headband carved into the statue that unfortunately doesn’t actually appear in the photos.
Oklahoma erects statues for all of their Heisman title winners, so Cardinal QB Kyler Murray will be next on the list to build dummies. At this point, the best case for Murray would be a vague analogy. As long as his statue doesn’t look like he’s eligible for AARP benefits while playing college football, that should be a win. Mayfield won football’s most prestigious award in 2017, and Murray followed that up with an Oklahoma comeback in 2018.
Mayfield is currently on the Browns’ roster, but is not expected to stay in the franchise this year. He averaged more than 4,000 yards per season during his three years with the Sooners.