Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence appreciative of the Brett Favre comparison

Quarterback Brett Favre at the line of scrimmage on January 6, 1996.Brett Favre The Making Of A Legend. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Quarterback Brett Favre at the line of scrimmage on January 6, 1996.Brett Favre The Making Of A Legend. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Brett Favre was one of the top NFL quarterbacks in the 1900s and the 2000s, so you must be doing something right if you’re compared to him. That’s precisely what happened to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who reminds head coach Doug Pederson of his former teammate.

How did Lawrence react to the comments by his head coach? He told the media that it was “definitely a compliment” and he was appreciative. However, he knows he’s still “gotta go prove it on the field”.

“I try not to pay too much attention to any of that”, Lawrence said. “but that’s cool to be, using the same senses as Brett, as his career was and how great of a player he was. That’s obviously a cool thing for me, but at the end of the day, I gotta go prove it on the field and in person, so doesn’t really change anything but it’s definitely”.

Not long ago, Pederson appeared on The SiriusXM Blitz and told host Brett Favre that Lawrence “kinda reminds me of you that way“, via John Shipley of Jaguar Report. The head coach went on to explain what exactly see in Lawrence that reminded him of Favre.

"He’s such a mature young individual. Nothing really fazes him. Honesty, Brett, he kinda reminds me of you that way… Nothing really fazed you when things got a little sideways. You were always the same yesterday and today and that’s the way Trevor is. Trevor doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low and I think that’s a great quality to have in a quarterback."

A second-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers the following year and went on to have a prolific career. He appeared in 302 games and is the owner of the longest streak of consecutive starts with 298. During his 20-year career, threw for 508 touchdowns and earned 11 Pro Bowls selections. He also made the HOF All-1990s Team, so being compared to him reflects well on Lawrence.

The one area where Pederson probably wishes Lawrence doesn’t follow Favre’s steps is interceptions. He threw 336 picks during his career and no other quarterback is close. Here’s Lawrence’s exchange with the media, he talks about the comparison at the 1:00 minute mark.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence’s personality helps him thrive in the NFL

In fairness, Lawrence isn’t a robot, he must feel frustrated when things don’t go the way he expects, and he certainly gets stressed when dealing with certain situations. In that regard, he isn’t different from any other football player. What makes him different is how he reacts to all the challenges that come with playing in the NFL, and so far, he’s done a good job. That’s why the Favre comparison makes sense.

The Hall-of-Fame quarterback was always laid-back, pulling jokes on his teammates. Even when the stakes were high, he didn’t forget to have fun on the football field, that’s what made him such a good player. Lawrence isn’t known as a jokester but certainly shares that easygoing approach.

Just before the draft, Lawrence said that football was an important part of his life but it didn’t revolve around it. That kind of healthy balance is good precisely because he won’t let a bad day on the field affect his mood. Drawing comparisons to Favre won’t faze him either.

The Jaguars are just a few days away from taking on the Washington Commanders, and Lawrence will have the chance to show how much he’s improved since the end of his rookie campaign.

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