Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is frequently compared to fellow Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
They both played Texas high school football, improvise well on a football field and are often labeled as “bad boy” quarterbacks.
It’s a label Mayfield actively tried to shake at the 2018 Senior Bowl and will continue to try to separate himself from as he prepares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Manziel is aware Mayfield receives the comparison, and he was asked — somewhat jokingly — if he’s apologized to Mayfield for “basically everyone saying he’s Johnny Manziel 2.0,” during an interview on Barstool Sports’ podcast “Pardon My Take.”
“I haven’t,” Manziel said on the podcast. “I’ve seen it a lot. Me and Baker, I feel like have a really cool friendship. I feel like he’s handling the exact right way. He’s like listen, and I’ll say the same thing. we’re completely different people. …
“Baker’s fiery as hell. He gets a little amped up on the sidelines. Once you’re on the football field and you do some things that are a little outlandish, guys do that all the time. Like was maybe it a little bit too much? Sure. But at the end of the day, guy made a mistake.”
“He paid his dues. I think he’ll be better off because of it and he’ll learn from that. I have all the faith in the world in him. I think he’s going to be a really good player. And if anything, people can compare him to me, but he can learn from what I did wrong. He can try and take something that I did and make it a positive for him and learn from it. At least, that’s what I’d want for any young guy to see my situation and do.”
Listen to the answer from Manziel:
Note: The full question and answer comes at the 50:45 mark.
Mayfield could end up at Manziel’s former team, the Cleveland Browns, if he’s taken with the top pick in the NFL Draft, which is set for April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas.
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