Patrick Mahomes has just cemented his legacy, and will forever be remembered as Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The All-Star QB has made himself at home in Kansas City, and now the Chiefs have a Super Bowl to celebrate after their victory in January 2020. It might seem as though Mahomes was born great, but it took work, and this is his rise to greatness.
It’s clear just from watching him that Mahomes has got some serious skills when throwing a football. Perhaps that all stems from his beginnings as a baseball player, following in the footsteps of his father. His dad, Pat Mahomes, played in Major League Baseball and was a pitcher for six different teams. With his father’s athletic genes, Mahomes excelled in multiple sports during his childhood and almost quit football for baseball. His arm was so strong he outgrew his age group at just 10 years old, but his mom convinced him to stick with football.
Mahomes was pretty raw as a young football player, and despite throwing for 50 touchdowns in his senior year, he was only lightly scouted by college scouts. He was considered a talent, but one that needed nurturing, and he was offered that chance at Texas Tech. In his freshman year, Mahomes was fortunate that the starting QB got injured, and he took his chance when it came his way. Mahomes threw for 4,000 yards in his breakout season in college, and after declaring for the draft following his junior year, he was predicted to be a mid-round pick.
The Chiefs saw something special in Mahomes though, and traded two first-round picks and a third-round pick to take him in the first round. Mahomes didn’t play in his rookie season, and instead, he took the time to learn from veteran quarterback Alex Smith. All the time he was in the background, Mahomes was impressing everyone at the Chiefs with his ability, and soon his time to shine would come. Mahomes has only been a starting quarterback in the NFL for two seasons, and already he has a Super Bowl ring.
Youngest Super Bowl MVP
It wasn’t a huge surprise to fans of American football that Mahomes was going to be a star in the NFL. His talent was evident from the moment he stepped foot on the football field for the Chiefs, and he made himself a hero in Kansas one night in January 2020. With his team trailing the 49ers by 10 points in the final quarter, Mahomes decided he wasn’t going out without a fight. He led his team to a rousing victory in the final ten minutes of the Super Bowl, and it was only right that his skill was appreciated. Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP in 2020, and at the age of 24 years and 138 days old, he became the youngest quarterback to win the accolade.
Only time will tell if Mahomes will cement his place as one of the all-time greats, but he’s started his NFL career with a bang.