Mayfield grew up as a fan of Oklahoma, and he attended a number of their games during his childhood.

 His father played football for three years for the University of Houston, though James never lettered.

Mayfield was the starting quarterback for the Lake Travis High School Cavaliers football team in Austin.

He led Lake Travis to a 25–2 record in two seasons and won the 2011 4A State Championship.

In his debut, Mayfield broke the rookie quarterback record for throwing touchdowns and snapped the Browns' 19-game losing streak.

His best season came in 2020, when he helped the Browns win and make their first postseason appearance since 1994.

However, Mayfield was sent to the Panthers in 2022 as a result of his uneven performance and disagreements with Browns management.

Mayfield, the second son of James and Gina Mayfield, was born on April 14, 1995, in Austin, Texas. James, a private equity consultant, experienced money problems

The Mayfields were compelled by these hardships to sell their primary residence and migrate from rental to rental.

Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield battled it out to be the team's starting quarterback.  On August 22, 2022,