How Baker Mayfield impressed Jim Thome, Francisco Lindor and The Miz as the face of Cleveland sports

The Miz knows football, ticking off the influence he expects Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Freddie Kitchens to have on Mayfield, and believing all they need is to establish chemistry on their way unstoppability.

He also knows adoration.

“Every quarterback we ever picked up, I was like, ‘This is going to be the guy, this is going to be the guy.’ But this time it’s different,” Mizanin said. “It’s not Brandon Weeden. It’s not Johnny Football. There’s something there, there’s a spark there that I’ve never seen in a quarterback since Bernie Kosar. That’s what I see in Baker Mayfield.

“They listen to him, you can see that everyone respects him, they appreciate him, they know the hard work he puts in, they know his mental capacity. This guy has everything he needs to be successful, and I think he will.”

An artist has completed a mural featuring Mayfield’s possibly-iconic “Woke Up Feeling Dangerous” phrase, but Mizanin said he’s waiting for Mayfield as the replacement for the LeBron James banner on the Sherwin Williams building that came down upon James’ departure last July.

That would be appropriate, because it’s James that Mayfield is replacing as the athletic heart and face of the city.

“He’s fun,” said shortstop Francisco Lindor, who boasts the same kind of talent/charisma combo as Mayfield while functioning as the heart and face of the Indians. “He brings excitement to the game, and he’s going to help …

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