ESPN Analyst Compares Johnny Manziel to Brett Favre

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 21: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies rushes against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the first half on September 21, 2013 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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During ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M's matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks, ESPN analyst Brock Huard compared quarterback Johnny Manziel to one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game. 

Per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Huard said that Manziel is "Brett Favre [without] the arm strength and a whole lot more speed." The comments played over video of Favre highlights. 

Huard's comparison is borderline ridiculous, as Favre and Manziel don't share that many characteristics. 

The only thing they share is their frenetic style of play. Both are able to make decisions on the fly that don't necessarily fit within the game plan. 

But that's where the comparison between the two stops, as Favre made his money with his arm while Manziel is famous for his legs. 

While Favre was at Southern Miss, he was a pure pocket passer, which contrasts with Manziel's style. Over four years in college, Favre rushed for negative-89 yards.

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a Packers touchdown during the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Giants defeate
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On the flip side, Manziel entered Saturday's game against the Razorbacks with 255 yards and three scores on the ground. 

Both players' NFL potential also starkly contrasts one another. 

Two weeks ago, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that some NFL scouts saw Manziel as "undraftable." 

But Manziel, to many teams right now, would be undraftable because they're scared of his mood swings and off-field questions. But it only takes one team out of 32 to fall for him. And some team will, unless he self-destructs between today and draft day.

Of course, Favre's legacy with the NFL is that of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. And his ability to play at the pro level was never questioned. 

Favre was drafted 33rd overall in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. After being traded to Green Bay, he became a legend for the Packers. When his career was all said and done, Favre was an 11-time Pro Bowler and a three-time NFL MVP

To recap, Manziel is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback known for his rushing ability who is reportedly a risk in the NFL draft. Favre was a pocket passer who was drafted in the second round, became an NFL legend and didn't win the Heisman. 

Where's the comparison, again?