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Ex-Cleveland Browns Star Baker Mayfield Once Revealed Halo’s Massive Impact on His NFL Career

Published 07/11/2022, 2:30 PM EDT

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Video games are fun and that’s a known fact already. However, sometimes they also end up playing an important role in one’s life and it’s quite common as well. There have been tons of instances where people have mentioned how a game inspired them to do great in their life or motivated them to become better individuals.

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It seems like NFL star and Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Baker Mayfield is among those people who adore video games a lot. This fascinating fact was revealed by the footballer himself during an interview a few years ago. He mentioned how gaming, and especially the Halo series, played a crucial part in his life to make him a better sports person.


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Baker Mayfield improved his sports skills playing Halo games!

The NFL star originally began his career with the Cleveland Browns four years ago. To his credit, he has the rookie quarterback record for passing touchdowns in his first year. Moreover, he also ended the Browns’ 19-game streak of continuous defeats in his debut. 2020 turned out to be his most successful season when he led the team to their first playoff appearance since 2002 and also victory since 1994.

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Everyone knows about his exceptional talent as a football player, which is absolutely phenomenal, to say the least. However, Baker Mayfield is also a video game lover, and he unleashed this secret in a past interview given to Allied Esports in 2019.


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During the interview, the host asked him multiple questions, but one, in particular, was quite intriguing. When he was asked about his interest in gaming, Mayfield acknowledged it and expressed his infinite affection for a special franchise as well.

Baker revealed that as a die-hard gamer, he used to play Halo a lot “to the point where it was taking away from me doing football, baseball in high school. And my parents weren’t exactly happy about it but I just, I loved it so much.”


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Furthermore, he tried to explain the essence of playing video games. For example, in his case, he used to enjoy Halo titles. According to him, they really helped him in improving his reflexes in sports.

Baker Mayfield said that gaming taught him to have better and quick hand-eye coordination “because I played games so much and you know to win like that it helped me out”. It can be interpreted that much of his amazing quarterback skills are due to spending a lot of time in strategizing and using quick thinking in video games.


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What are your thoughts on this stunning fact about the Carolina Panthers’ star footballer? Did you know about this detail already? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Mintu Tomar


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Mintu Tomar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. After completing his bachelor's in Philosophy, he has followed his passion for covering news as a budding journalist. He lives and breathes video games and is a die-hard Call of Duty fan.
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Jito Tenson