Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker.
Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick.
Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield.
"No, I haven't, honey," Namath recalled to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "These two teams are good. I wouldn't want to play against that guy, let me put it that way."
Back in his playing days, Namath's cockiness and flash can be compared to Mayfield. Both of their confident personalities have been backed up by stellar play on the field. After looking at all the top quarterback prospects, Namath thinks Mayfield is the way to go.
"I haven't met them, but I've watched them and the most outrageous, so to speak, that I've seen has ben Mayfield," Namath said.
It wasn't just this year that Namath began watching Mayfield, who ended up winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy. He says it has been "a couple of years" since Mayfield has fell on his radar, and he has yet to disappoint him between the hashes.
"Hey, it wasn't just Georgia, it was a couple of years, early on, when I saw him play," Namath said. "I saw him a couple of years back. I never saw him look bad. I don't know how tall he is. I still don't know big he is. Size can be a major asset, yes, size can be an asset in today's game. But Drew Brees, his size was questioned many times and he's one of the greatest players who's ever played."
Because he saw some of Brees in Mayfield, Namath didn't want Mayfield beating Georgia because that would mean he had to go up against his alma mater Alabama. He got his wish when Georgia RB Nick Chubb ran the ball across the goal line to his team to the National Championship after a 54-48 win.
"When I see his quick feet and I see him throwing every which way, I see the accuracy, I see the intensity, his hustle. Hey, I tell you, I wouldn't want to play against him. I didn't want Alabama to play against him."
But college is over, and Mayfield will need to adjust to the NFL's level of play. Namath doesn't see that as an issue with Mayfield's natural competitiveness to go along with his physical skills.
"I'm not as big on the outward swagger, so to speak, but the confidence, the leadership qualities," Namath said, "...and that damn confidence, man. Don't tell me I can't do it, I'm gonna get it done."
Mayfield could be getting it done in a Jets jersey next season.