Mara harkened back 37 years to find a comparison.
"Possibly 1981, Lawrence Taylor when he came to camp, but maybe not quite this much," Mara said, via the team's official website. "I mean, his jersey is already the No.1-selling jersey, he's gotten a lot of attention. But again, I think in speaking to him and watching how he conducts himself, I think he is able to handle that, so I feel good about that. But still, you know I've used this line a million times before -- let's not get him ready for Canton just yet, let's let him play some games first."
If there has been a negative word written or spoken about Barkley this offseason, it's been buried by a mountainous hoard of praise that would make Smaug jealous.
Mara said that while he gets a "little nervous" about the nearly unrealistic acclaim New York's new favorite player has received, he believes Barkley owns the makeup to handle the praise.
"He obviously has unlimited physical skills, he's a real fine young man, as well," Mara said. "I think he adds a completely different dimension that maybe we haven't had in our offense in quite some time. I do get a little nervous about all the hype since he hasn't played a down yet, but I think he's capable of living up to it and just [is] very mature beyond his years, I think. So, we are obviously very excited about him."
If Barkley comes close to living up to his pre-rookie hype, the Hall can start getting his measurements now.