On Friday, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw made an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd and chimed in with some harsh criticisms of current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
After Cowherd mentions Mayfield, Bradshaw immediately jumped on the subject. The Hall of Famer did not mince words when speaking about the former Oklahoma Sooner.
“I don’t like Baker Mayfield. I never did like Baker Mayfield,” Bradshaw said emphatically.
Bradshaw’s main critique of the Browns quarterback revolves around Mayfield’s character and the way he acts on the field. However, Bradshaw admits that he’s never met Mayfield in person.
“I don’t like people like that. I’m a character guy,” the 4-time Super Bowl winner said of Mayfield. “I’ve never met the man. He may be the most wonderful human being in the world. But, his body language, and the way he acts, it’s just a turn off for me. That’s just me.”
Bradshaw Tells Current Quarterbacks to “Keep Your Mouth Shut”
Yet, Bradshaw did not just single Mayfield out. He called out numerous modern quarterbacks for what he deems as a lack of respect for the game and their opponents.
In fact, he compared Mayfield to New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, and former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. He said he’s never been a fan of Newton’s showboating, including his first down Superman celebration. Additionally, Bradshaw says that showboating quarterbacks just aren’t his type of player.
“I don’t like it because that’s not the way I was raised. I was taught to have ultimate respect for the people you’re competing against. Show them great respect and have great humility. Keep your mouth shut,” the Steelers great says to current quarterbacks. “That is the way I’ve grown up. My girls know that’s the way Dad feels. You be sweet and kind to people.”
Bradshaw says being humble doesn’t mean you can’t play the game with tenacity. But, he says it’s most important that quarterbacks simply do their job to put their team in a position to win. He thinks too many players are focused on their personal brand and called out Manziel specifically, who only played two seasons in the NFL.
“That doesn’t mean you don’t go out on the field and just try to destroy (the opposition). I’m fine with that, but be cool. Be nice. Be humble,” Bradshaw explained. “Just do your job. I don’t get that, but I understand ‘well, I’m trying to make my brand.’ Well, where’s Manziel’s brand right now?”
You can watch the full exchange between Bradshaw and Cowherd starting around the 9-minute mark of the video below.