By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published Apr 27, 2018 at 1:06 PM

On Thursday, former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was drafted with the first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. But the night before, the dynamic, demonstrative Heisman winner posted a fantastic photo on Twitter that paid homage to another southern gunslinger, with whom Wisconsin fans are very familiar, from 27 years ago.

Mayfield recreated the famous draft-day picture of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre from 1991. In the photo, the future NFL Hall of Famer is receiving a phone call – on a classic and humongous old-fashioned cell phone – from the Atlanta Falcon, who selected Favre in the second round of the draft and traded him to the Packers the next season.

Mayfield, who wasn't even born until 1995, went to wonderfully great pains to nail his adaptation of Favre’s photo, taken by the Biloxi Sun Herald, in which he’s surrounded by friends and family at his home in Fenton, Mississippi. 

Mayfield and his family decorated the wood-paneled bedroom with photos and posters, donned 90s-style wigs, wore similar shirts – including white tees with "NFL Draft" and the date written on them, just like in Favre’s picture – and found an old cell phone and video camera. Best of all, Mayfield, copying Favre’s reclined pose and easy smile, wore jorts.

Mayfield – a talented former walk-on whose achievements and antics on the football field have, at times, elicited polarizing opinions of him as a player and person – possesses an Aaron Rodgers-sized chip on his shoulder. In his post Wednesday night, Mayfield included a quote from Favre that captured his mentality:

"There are those people who are in your corner no matter what, you can’t do any wrong, even when you do wrong," Mayfield wrote. "And then there are those people that no matter what you do they’re going to dislike you and that’s not going to change."

A known jokester during his time in Green Bay, Favre appreciated the tribute and had a simple message for Mayfield on draft night:

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