Brett Favre says Johnny Manziel reminds him of himself

AP

With a little luck, there are no untoward cell-phone photos.

Otherwise, Brett Favre sees some similarities when he watches Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

While Favre admits to not breaking down that much tape, this is the season for reckless comparisons of draft prospects, so he decided to join in.

Favre told Nate Davis of USA Today he saw most of Manziel’s game against Ole Miss, when Manziel threw for 346 yards and ran for 124 more, leading the Aggies to a 41-38 comeback win on the road.

I almost thought I was watching film of a young Brett Favre,” the old Favre said. “I didn’t think I did a lot of things well [in college at Southern Miss], but he did. And and I liked the attitude of ‘whatever it takes’ — from that standpoint, I liked him. . . .

“I didn’t throw near as well as him. He may have that capability — unbelievable throws and can makes plays with his feet. I was impressed.”

Favre is probably fortunate that he was in the draft at a time before Twitter and readily available cell phone video, or some of his off-field exploits might have drawn the same kind of attention Johnny Football did in college.

But the kind of on-field confidence and willingness to take chances makes it a reasonable comparison, no worse than some of the ones which will be drawn this week in Indianapolis.