It’s been almost 10 years since Brett Favre has thrown a football in the NFL, but he still sees himself when he watches games on TV.
The Hall of Fame quarterback and Packers great said he is reminded of his playing style most when he see Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the field.
“There’s no question that the sky is the limit for Baker,” Favre told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. “And, yeah, I think his style of play, and I’ve heard the same thing about Mahomes, and I agree with both, that their styles of play — if you had to pick a former player — would certainly match up to my style.”
New Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines earlier this offseason as he dubbed Mayfield the modern-day Favre, and the 49-year-old said he “would 100 percent agree” with the correlation.
“It’s a play-action fake that you’ve never seen before or a flip, underhand pass or diving over three defenders or ducking your head and getting the extra yard,” Favre said. “Those are the type of things that are the unexpected that will become, at some point, maybe expected with a guy like Baker or Mahomes.
“Playing [quarterback] the way I played and the way Baker and Mahomes play is they just kind of have that added little sixth sense.”
Favre played most of his career — 16 seasons — with the Packers, leading them to a victory in Super Bowl 31. He ranks third all-time with 508 passing touchdowns and second all-time with 71,838 passing yards.
Mayfield threw for 3,725 and 27 touchdowns in 14 games as a rookie last season, helping Cleveland finish with a 7-8-1 record after going winless the year before.
Mahomes, meanwhile, put up staggering numbers in his second season last year to lead the Chiefs to a 12-4 mark and an appearance in the AFC championship game. He passed for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns in 16 games, making him just the second quarterback in NFL history to have 50 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards in a season.
The only other player to do so was Peyton Manning in 2013, a feat even Favre couldn’t accomplish.