Baker Mayfield is one of the major reasons why the Cleveland Browns have transformed themselves from being a long-time laughingstock in the NFL into one of the most electrifying teams in the league. Prior to his arrival in The Land in 2018 as the team’s first pick overall in that year’s NFL Draft, the Browns had extreme difficulty in finding a long-term solution to their quarterback quandaries. While some will say that the jury is still out for Mayfield, it’s still undeniably refreshing to see Cleveland with a stable status in the most important position in football. Speaking of stability, we are about to talk more about the one person that perfects the balance of Baker’s life. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Baker Mayfield’s wife: Emily Wilkinson.

Emily Wilkinson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Before she met Baker, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 and then went to California. 

Baker and Emily have been a couple for a few years now. The two first met when Mayfield was still slinging spirals in Norman for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2017. Emily was not too interested at first in Mayfield, as she had some reservations about getting into a relationship with an athlete, according to a 2019 feature on the quarterback by ESPN Senior Writer Mina Kimes.

“The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch.”

Mayfield’s persistence eventually paid off, as it did not take long before he got the girl he had been eyeing. He was able to show Emily that he can forget about football and make her the focus of his attention, something that a lot of men out there struggle to do.