Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks towards the sidelines during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs on December 02, 2017 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Heisman Trophy finalist Baker Mayfield is no stranger to dishing out anguish to opposing fans across the Big 12 Conference and rest of the country.
The Oklahoma quarterback can laugh off a bit of payback as well, as evidenced when Georgia fans discovered his cell phone number and began bombarding it with calls and text messages on Sunday night.
Soon after it was announced that the No. 2 Sooners (12-1) would face the No. 3 Bulldogs (12-1) in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl, Mayfield began to receive numerous calls from an area code in “some part of Georgia.”
“I didn’t know how it happened, but I had to call AT&T last night and get my number changed,” Mayfield said on Monday while attending a ceremony to announce the Burlsworth Award. “... I’ve got to respect their fans for being savages.”
Mayfield tweeted about the calls late Sunday night, after he had already changed his number _ which had been his since 8th-grade.
To whoever posted my cell #, bravo. But I got it changed! And to the Georgia fans that had the kind words of encouragement... I applaude your creativity
— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) December 4, 2017
Now, while traveling across the country for various awards ceremonies over the next few weeks, Mayfield also has to go about letting his closest family and friends know his new number.
“I think this will be good for me, to kind of narrow it down,” Mayfield said. “I had a lot of people who had it, and I’ll be able to get it to the closest friends and family that need it.”
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