If you tuned into the ESPYs last night, you probably could have predicted plenty of the award winners: LeBron as the best NBA player, Mike Trout as the best MLB player, Chloe Kim as best female athlete, and so on. However, there’s one award (or maybe lots, I don’t know) that probably stumped you. Former Oklahoma quarterback (now Cleveland Brown) Baker Mayfield was named the best college athlete.
You might remember Mayfield for planting a flag in the ‘Shoe after beating the Buckeyes. You might remember Mayfield for losing to Georgia in the Rose Bowl. Or maybe you just remember that you’re a Cleveland Browns fan (sorry about that) and he was drafted first overall and, thus, is the savior of the franchise. Regardless, this is a travesty of the highest order.
You know what you won’t remember? Kyle Snyder losing in the NCAA Championship bracket last year (or the year before (or the year before that)). You know why you won’t remember that? Because it didn’t happen. However, you might remember Kyle Snyder being 20 years old when he won a World Championship in wrestling. Or you might remember him winning literally the most competitive wrestling tournament in the world while still in college.
Kyle Snyder isn’t the only one who seems to be getting the short end of the stick, either. Ever heard of Katie Ledecky, the swimmer from Stanford? She’s got five Olympic Gold medals and fourteen world championship gold medals, and that wasn’t enough to win the award, either.
Whoever you think should have won the award, it seems apparent that there were certainly more qualified collegiate athletes than Mayfield, however, the fact that he plays the most commercially successful sport in the world may have aided his case.