Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning sees plenty of Brett Favre in Baker Mayfield, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
Manning praised the former Oklahoma quarterback’s talents on Tuesday, while Mayfield was in town to accept the Manning Award.
At the same time Manning said that Mayfield’s style, a willingness to take chances and the ability to extend plays by moving the pocket while not necessarily being thought of as a scrambler, reminds him of Brett Favre.
“Baker’s personality and the way he carries himself inspires his teammates,” he said. “I saw that a lot of times in him in college.
“He’s like Brett that he’s a little bit of a gunslinger. Brett would always forget the negative things and move on, and Baker’s got that in him.”
Those words have to mean a lot to Mayfield coming from Manning, who is also the father of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.
It probably means even more that Manning compared Mayfield to one of his idols.
Mayfield’s night in New Orleans was his final event as a representative of Oklahoma and his final piece of hardware earned during his collegiate career.
The Manning Award is annually presented to the nation’s top quarterback, but the honor takes postseason play into account unlike most individual awards.
Mayfield is the first Oklahoma quarterback to win the award, which launched in 2004.
Mayfield, who also won the 2017 Heisman Trophy, went first overall to Cleveland in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is fighting for the starting job with Tyrod Taylor.