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Brett Favre says Johnny Manziel reminds him of himself


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.

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22 Responses to “Brett Favre says Johnny Manziel reminds him of himself”
  1. ez4u2sa says: Feb 19, 2014 6:37 PM

    I hope Manziel sets his goals a little higher than this.

  2. tvjules says: Feb 19, 2014 6:38 PM

    We’ll see if Johnny gets back up like Favre after his first “welcome to the NFL” hit.

  3. electricboogalo says: Feb 19, 2014 6:41 PM

    There is only one Favre. I miss watching him play.

  4. drfeelyouup says: Feb 19, 2014 6:56 PM


  5. natepalmer1 says: Feb 19, 2014 6:57 PM

    Favre was tough as nails…We’ll see how tough Mr. Football is after a swooping blitz or pass rush…

  6. Ferdinand says: Feb 19, 2014 6:59 PM

    Yeah, that’s not the compliment Favre thinks it is.

  7. h0c2000 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:00 PM

    Favre looks OLD

  8. kremis says: Feb 19, 2014 7:07 PM

    Well.that means he will be throwing interceptions at critical moments of the game.

  9. corkspop says: Feb 19, 2014 7:19 PM

    Reminds me of a young Favre, too. He’s going to be a winner.

  10. soaringeagle13 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:29 PM

    So basically he thinks Johnny Football will throw picks in huge situations, hem-haw about retirement for 5-6 years, and be totally overrated?

  11. yousuxxors says: Feb 19, 2014 9:03 PM

    anyone who thinks farve is overrated did not see him play in his prime.

  12. givemethehighgear says: Feb 19, 2014 9:04 PM

    So we can look forward too 5000 touchdowns and 6000 interceptions?

  13. pintadera2000 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:35 PM

    Favre had a cannon arm, Manziel has a Jeff Garcia like arm.

  14. bobleblah says: Feb 19, 2014 9:43 PM

    The more I look at that photo the more confused I get.

  15. warhammer420 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:38 PM

    He doesn’t have Favre’s arm strength.

  16. gertrudegoat says: Feb 20, 2014 2:05 AM

    From what I recall Favre threw a few TD’s in big spots too. I seem to recall a couple of Super Bowl appearances too. He is one of the all-time greats & I miss seeing him play, too.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Feb 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    Manziel is going to get crushed when he isn’t more athletic then the other 11 guys on Def.

    Scrambling around like a chicken with his head cut off, won’t work as well in the NFL.

  18. bluebongzilla says: Feb 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    Talk about “damning with faint praise”.

  19. bluebongzilla says: Feb 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    Favre = Romo with a defense.

  20. vikescry1 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:10 PM

    favre isn’t as mobile as manziel and manziels arm isn’t anywhere as strong as favres. just saying, i think favre wants to be relevant again.

  21. dahmergeinteam says: Feb 20, 2014 7:40 PM

    There is nothing wrong with being compared to Brett Favre. He is a fine example of Wisconsin’s best photographers. He has done a marvelous job with Green Bay’s moonscapes.

  22. zinjaboy says: Feb 20, 2014 7:52 PM

    Love Favre. One of the greatest of all time.

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