Brett Favre knows exactly what it takes to become an elite quarterback in the NFL and he has already spotted who he believes could be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner.
Favre is the most accomplished Southern Mississippi quarterback of all time and looks out for his fellow Golden Eagle's in the NFL, one undrafted free agent making their name in the league has grabbed his attention, Austin Davis.
Next Tom Brady
Davis is actually the only other alum to make at least one start in the NFL and Favre who played 20 seasons in the league loves what he has seen from the 25-year-old signal-caller.
So much so that he has made the audacious claim that Davis could follow in the footsteps of a couple of Super Bowl winners who had similar levels of hype when they entered the professional ranks.
Favre explained to Ed Werder of ESPN: "Austin can definitely play at this level, Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis] in my mind can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. [Brian] Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity.”
The old gunslinger clearly understands the magnitude of his comments has he had to preface his explanation with "not to sound off my rocker", but Davis certainly has shown potential through his first few experiences at the elite level and doesn't seem to be phased by the pressure of the starting quarterback role.
Davis' meteoric rise
Davis was initially drafted by the St.Louis Rams in 2012 but was cut by the team not long after, he endured a short spell with the Dolphins before his original franchise would come back in for him after a serious injury to franchise quarterback Sam Bradford.
The rise to stardom began as you would expect for an undrafted quarterback, not only had the starter got injured but the backup, Shuan Hill, went down in the first game of the season, allowing Davis to make his introduction to the league.
He has since made six appearances and has faired far more comfortably than most imagined, he's completing 66% of his passes along with throwing nine touchdowns to only four interceptions this season.
Last week was his most impressive performance to date, facing the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and their vaunted defence, Davis engineered an 80-yard game winning drive after Seattle had pulled within two points of the Rams.
Up next for Davis and St.Louis are Kansas City, followed by San Francisco and Arizona. Big tests for the still young quarterback who may face extra pressure after fielding such endearing comparisons by NFL legend Brett Favre.