Baker Mayfield has no plans to show anybody the money here at the Senior Bowl, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports.
He’s also not here to talk into his money phone, float on an inflatable swan or masquerade as Billy Mayfield.
The Oklahoma product is determined to shed the inevitable comparisons to fellow Heisman Trophy winner and former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who’s out of the NFL and trying to make a comeback in the Canadian Football League.
Like Manziel, Mayfield has been arrested and this season taunted the Kansas sidelines with his infamous crotch grab. Both incidents went viral on the Internet, including the arrest in Fayetteville, Ark., for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing and resisting arrest. Mayfield was ultimately tackled hard into a wall by a police officer during the arrest.
“(I want to show) the type of guy I am,” he said. “Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff, but I love the game of football. There’s no doubt about that. Emotional player. I’ll do anything it takes to win. I love being around my teammates and I love leading and having responsibility.”
Is it annoying and frustrating to get lumped in with Manziel?
“It is what it is,” he said. “If I paid too much attention to it, then I’d be focusing on the wrong things. But I came down here to play the game and show them that I love playing it.”