As he heads into his seventh season in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has already earned himself a spot among the most talented and exciting quarterbacks of all time. With records broken and explosive plays made on a regular basis, it is no wonder that many American football fans are asking if this could be just the beginning for him; Could he really have what it takes to become one of the greatest Quarterbacks ever?
There's every reason to believe that given his performances so far, Mahomes can certainly make an impact on NFL history and cement his own legacy as one of the all-time greats.
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Mahomes receives second MVP as Brady retires
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He continued to make history in 2022, capping off a record-breaking season with his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. This after also exceeding Drew Brees' single-season total offensive yards record of 5,562 and setting a new record of 5614 offensive yards (leading the league in touchdown passes with 41).
As if performing a masterpiece, Mahomes expertly led the Chiefs to victory completing 21 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions thrown - all on an injured ankle!
During the same month that Mahomes received his second MVP award, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL, making way for Mahomes to ascend as its undisputed current leader at quarterback.
This young superstar already boasts a long list of impressive achievements all of which he has earned before the age of 30! Check out his top 10 plays of the 2022 season to see why this already legendary quarterback is set to continue doing big things in the future.
Where did this legend in the making come from?
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Patrick Lavon Mahomes II is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, who played for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
As a standout student-athlete at Whitehouse High School in Texas, Mahomes II was skilled not only on the American football field but also shined playing baseball and basketball. Mahomes initially played both college football and baseball at Texas Tech University before committing to focus solely on gridiron pursuits following his sophomore year.
Mahomes was a highly sought-after name during the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, however his commitment to Texas Tech is what kept him from being selected early. Despite this fact, he was still chosen by the Detroit Tigers in round 37 - although ultimately deciding not to sign with them afterwards.
During the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes quickly became the hottest quarterback prospect. With some of the most impressive throws ever seen at an NFL combine - clocked at 60 mph and tying Logan Thomas and Bryan Bennett's record - plus high rankings from multiple outlets including ESPN and DraftScout.com all predicting he'd be a first or second round pick.
He was snapped up in the draft on 10th overall selection by Kansas City Chiefs after leading all NCAA Division I FBS players in passing yards (5,052) and total touchdowns (53).
Patrick Mahomes’ off season and looking ahead to 2023
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When he's not leading the Kansas City Chiefs to victory, Mahomes takes some time for himself by enjoying two of his favourite pastimes - collecting sneakers and playing golf. Since 2020 he's been seen at the American Century Championship and The Match alongside Josh Allen. Unfortunately, they were beaten by NFL greats Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
In 2019 Mahomes founded The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation which is dedicated to improving children’s lives through a variety of initiatives such as health awareness, wellness, and providing resources for under-served communities.
Due to his ankle injury sustained against Jacksonville, and despite still managing to power Kansas City past Cincinnati and Philadelphia en route to their Super Bowl LVII victory, he will be spending some valuable time resting and rehabilitating his injury in preparation for the start of the off-season training.
Men's Journal got the inside scoop on how Bobby Stroupe crafted a training system to maximise Mahomes' unique athleticism, using WHOOP data and specific exercises tailored to get him strong, fit, focussed and ready for the NFL Season. It's clear that this critical relationship has been integral in powering one of American football’s greatest talents towards championship glory!
When questioned about the injury after the Super Bowl, Mahomes' gave an emphatic response: "The only thing that might take a hit is my golf game, so I have to take a few weeks off of that."
Although he played through the Super Bowl with discomfort, Mahomes confidently declared that the issue won't have any long-term effect on his preparations for next season.
Mahomes commented: ‘We will continue the rehab, continue the treatment that we were doing and just give it some rest, trying to make sure that when we get to OTAs (Organised Team Activities), I'm ready to go.’
What Makes Patrick Mahomes Great? It’s more than just record breaking stats
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Mahomes is a quarterback extraordinaire, and the essence of his success lies in his remarkable ability to recognize opportunities on the fly. His quick-thinking reflexes allow him to stay one step ahead of any defence. He's primed and ready for anything!
The 27-year old American football phenom is six seasons into his star NFL career and with countless awards under his belt, he shows no signs of slowing down one bit!
As if that wasn't impressive enough, in those 6 years alone he's racked up some incredible stats. He’s won two Super Bowls as well as their respective MVP awards and was crowned Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 to boot!
These highlights merely scratch an impressive surface with five Pro Bowl appearances along his career so far, plus leading passer titles for touchdowns (2018 & 2022) and yards (2022). In 2020 he earned the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year title alongside being recognized with the Bert Bell Award back in 2018 – truly remarkable achievements that crown Mahomes’ already legendary status.
His talent is undeniable, but it’s the small details that have taken this quarterback to legendary status.
This analysis takes a deep dive into his out-of-this world skill set and explains exactly why he's considered one of the best players in professional American Football today.
Step inside the ‘huddle’ with Netflix, Mahomes, and other greats
Get ready for an exciting glimpse into the inner workings of some of America's most legendary quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota! The NFL has partnered with Netflix to produce Quarterback - a revolutionary docuseries that will give viewers unprecedented access inside the minds and homes of American football royalty. It’s yet to be seen whether or not it will be aired in the UK, but we sure hope it will be.Until then, discover our NFL Icons collection for UK exclusive Patrick Mahomes merch - minted coins, mugs, impact jersey frames and more. You’ll find the perfect collection of merchandise to satisfy the most passionate Mahomes fan!