Johnny Manziel, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, now of the CLF’s Montreal Alouettes has drawn a line between himself and Baker Mayfield, one of distinction, and has penned a letter to Mayfield explaining it.
The Manziel letter comes on the heels of the Cleveland Brown’s big win and addresses some of the similarities that exist between the two quarterbacks. However, one divisive statement that Manziel makes, more of a declaration, delineates the differences between the two quarterbacks with one simple, yet powerful surmising:
Manziel writes, “… If there’s one thing you already know, one that everybody already knows, you and I are not the same person. No matter how many people try to compare us, even before the same team drafted us, we know we are never fully defined by the way we play, or the uniform we wear.”
What the former Brown’s quarterback addresses in his letter to Mayfield, the present Brown’s quarterback and potential rising star of the NFL, is a connectivity steeped in comparisons that spans both a shared state and now professional team, along with a stature and build that’s similar, and personalities that could be considered rough and brazen, both having taunted fans and opponents in harsh ways. So given such attributes and occurrences, Johnny Manziel and Baker Mayfield have been considered almost doppelgangers – it’s an idea and notion that fans and others have tossed around and has led to suspicions of what is to come next for the heir apparent Mayfield.
Yet, Manziel does not see it that way and definitively wants Mayfield to know this – his letter to Baker Mayfield is a missive that addresses their similarities but more than that the former Brown’s quarterback offers Mayfield a peaceful respite that’s built on reflection and understanding your own identity.
In the candid piece, Manziel foretells of Mayfield’s success on the field while also challenging the quarterback to embrace himself, his own nature, and to forge his own path – that no one else gets to decide that for him. Manziel’s words and sentiments seem to be of a man who has learned from experience and by doing so, he has been ingratiated with a task to give Mayfield a newer and better mission — to be himself.