15 Star Athletes Who Had to Walk On to Their College Teams

These pro athletes are stars now, but they had to work their way to the top.

Baker Mayfield

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Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield walked on not once during his college career, but twice.

First at Texas Tech University, where he won the starting job as a true freshman before suffering an injury and deciding to transfer, then at the University of Oklahoma.

At Oklahoma, he blossomed into a two-time first-team All-American.

In 2017, he won the Heisman Trophy.

Mayfield initially didn't want to be a walk-on. He had a handful of offers coming out of high school, but most of them were from non-Power 5 conference teams. Mayfield honed in on an offer from Florida Atlantic, but his father, James, encouraged him to walk-on at Texas Tech. It triggered a massive fight between father and son.

"He was insulted," James told Bleacher Report. "He thought he was better than that."

Mayfield eventually saw where his dad was coming from and decided to take his fate into his own hands as a walk-on, and the rest is history.

The Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield with the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Perhaps a former walk-on will be the one to finally turn the fortunes of the downtrodden franchise.

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