In his short time in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has shown that he has the ability to become one of the greatest to ever do it. But is he there already? Since coming into the league in 2017. Mahomes has been able to do things no other quarterback has done. From his no-look passes to his ability to scramble on third-down and his deep-ball he has become the best quarterback currently in the league. In a league that has become pass-heavy numerous quarterbacks could stake a claim as one of the best to ever do it, so where does Mahome’s short tenure rank in terms of his legacy?
THE LEGACY OF PATRICK MAHOMES
Patrick Mahomes was born in Tyler, Texas, and is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes. Baseball is deep in the roots of Patrick Mahomes as not only his dad played in the majors but also his grandfather LaTroy Hawkins. Pat Mahomes Snr pitched in the majors from 1992 to 2003 and when the young Mahomes was born in 1995 he spent his time around the game. Everything was geared up for Mahomes to become a baseball player and follow in the steps of both his father and grandfather. As it turns out, Mahomes would excel in both baseball and football and become one of a few players to be selected in both the NFL and MLB drafts. The NFL would be where Mahomes chose to ply his trade, luckily for NFL fans.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Whilst attending Whitehouse High School, Texas Mahomes played football, baseball, and basketball. In baseball, like his dad, Mahomes was a pitcher but played every position other than catcher. According to multiple reports from his time with the Whitehouse Wildcats, a young Mahomes had a fastball that reached the low-90’s. A trait that we can see every time he takes the field today. In his senior year, he struck out 16 of 21 batters that he faced. This led to him being chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the Major League Amateur Draft.
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During his high school career, he also dipped into Basketball. Although he didn’t play for long, in the short time he did he excelled. During his junior year, he averaged 19.9 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and four steals per game. To put that in comparison, Lebron James averaged 29 points per game, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and just over three steals per game. Not bad for someone playing three sports at one time.
When it came to Football, Mahomes was a two-year starter as Quarterback for the Whitehouse Wildcats and he also started his sophomore year as a safety. During his senior season in 2013, Mahomes put up huge numbers on his way to being named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editor Player of The Year. He totaled 4,619 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, 948 rushing yards, and a further 15 rushing scores. A huge season as he led the Wildcats to the third round of the 4A Playoffs in 2013.
After being rated as a three-star football recruit and the 12th ranked dual-threat quarterback, Mahomes elected to go to Texas Tech University.
Patrick Mahomes entered his freshman year at Texas Tech as the back-up to Davis Webb. During his first year, he didn’t take the field much but after the injury knocked Webb out he got to suit up to finish the season. He started his first game against the Texas Longhorns and completed 13 of 21 passes for 109 yards. He stayed in as a starter for the final three games of his freshman year. During his final three games, he faced off against Baylor and began his record-setting career. He threw for 598 yards and six touchdowns setting a Big 12 freshman record. The first of many records he would go on to break.
He finished his freshman year with 1546 passing yards and 16 touchdowns in just the seven games he featured in.
When his second season came around he had done enough to earn the position of starting quarterback. He did not take long to get going. In the season opener against Sam Houston State University, he threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns. His career as a dominant passer was well and truly underway. In all but three games of his second season, he put up more than 30 points as he finished with a 7-6 record. Not a great team record but as an individual, he continued to light up the stat sheet. He finished his sophomore season with 4,653 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.
During his first two years at college, he was juggling his time with the gridiron and the baseball field. He was a relief pitcher for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and only appeared in three games during his second season. At the end of the year, he decided to stop playing baseball and focus solely on football.
Mahomes progression continued into his junior year as he racked up even more yards as a passer and even more records. During a game against future first-round pick Baker Mayfield, Mahomes broke the NCAA FBS records for single-game total offense. He mustered 819 total yards of offense in a 66-59 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. 734 of those yards came from the arm of Mahomes. This was good enough to tie the single-game passing record in the NCAA. This came from 88 pass attempts. 88 pass attempts? That baseball heritage is paying off already.
It wasn’t just the one game where he racked up huge yards as he finished the season leading in pretty much all offensive categories. He had 421 yards per game (1’st), 5,052 passing yards (1’st), 5,312 total offense yards (1’st), 318 points (1’st), and 53 total touchdowns, also first in the country. He became the fourth Red Raider to win the Sammy Baugh Trophy for the nation’s top college top passer. At the end of the year, he announced that he was entering the NFL draft.
During the NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes was projected to be selected in the first or second round. He went on to impress at the combine and earn a higher draft pick. During the throwing drills, he was clocked at throwing a pass at 60 miles per hour. He ended up having the most private workouts and team visits of any player during the 2017 draft process.
He ended up being selected as the 10th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. A pick that they gained in a trade from the Buffalo Bills. After sitting behind Alex Smith for the majority of the 2017 season he earned a starting role after the playoffs were already secured. He made his first start against the Denver Broncos in December. It would be the 2018 season that he officially announced to the world that he was here and ready to take over.
Alex Smith moved on to the Washington Football Team and Mahomes was named the starter for the Chiefs. In his very first game, he had a quarterback rating of 127.5 after throwing four touchdowns and 256 yards. His first touchdown went to Tyreek Hill. How fitting it was that the first touchdown of this young man’s NFL career would go to a player that he has continued to hook up with. In just his second start he threw 6 touchdowns and 326 yards. Buffalo are probably regretting their decision of trading that pick right about now. He became the first player since Tom Brady to win the AFC Offensive Player of The Week two weeks in a row.
Mahomes would continue to go on a tear and finish the season with over 5,000 passing yards (second only to Ben Roethlisberger) and 50 touchdowns. Becoming only the second quarterback to do that. Second, to Peyton Manning. He led the Chiefs to their third straight division title and then got their first home playoff win since 1993. He would go on to lose to the New England Patriots in the AFC Conference Championship Game. His first of three straight home Conference Championship Games.
His super-human performance throughout the season earned him multiple awards. Most of all, it earned him the title of MVP. He became the first Chiefs player to ever win this award. It wasn’t the trophy that he wanted, but he wouldn’t need to wait long to get his hands on the Lombardi.
SUPER BOWL VICTORY
A huge part of the progression of the truly great quarterbacks is getting over the hump and winning your first Super Bowl. None are easy but the first one is the hardest. Mahomes had an excellent start to his NFL Career but until he raised the Lombardi trophy he could not be considered as one of the potential greats of the game.
After winning the MVP of the 2018 season he started the 2019 season just as strongly. He had his team at 4-0 after September. He won the FAC player of the month and posted ten touchdowns and zero interceptions. After an injury in Week 7, he was feared to miss some significant time, but in typical Mahomes fashion, he even recovered from injury better than anyone else. Only missing two weeks he returned and threw for 446 yards and three scores against the Tennessee Titans.
He followed up his 5,000-yard season with another 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. He led the Chiefs to a 12-4 record for the second time and a first-round bye.
In the playoffs, the Chiefs found themselves down in every game. They were down 24 points to the Texans early in the second quarter before going 51-7 to finish the game. Then in their second straight home COnference Championship Game, he found himself down 17-7 to the Titans. He sparked a comeback and led his team to his first appearance in the Super Bowl and their first appearance since 1970.
SUPER BOWL LIV
Yet again the Chiefs found themselves trailing by double digits, this time to the San Francisco 49ers. Mahomes showed his poise as he rallied back and went on to win Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes finished the game with 286 yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. He became the youngest quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl MVP award and the second-youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Second to Ben Rothlisberger.
Mahomes was rewarded with a ten-year extension to his contract that was valued at 503 million dollars. Needless to say, the Chiefs were happy to have their man as they made him the first professional athlete to have a half a billion-dollar contract.
In the 2020 season, Mahomes led his team to their third straight home AFC Conference Championship Game and their second straight Super Bowl. He finished with 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. If it wasn’t for the excellent season by Aaron Rodgers he would probably be named the MVP for the second time.
He now prepares to go up against the current G.O.A.T of the NFL in Tom Brady but how does Mahome’s early showing shape up against the greats of the position.
COMPARISONS (through first three seasons as a starter)
|Tom Brady (Future HOF)||10,227||69||38||0||2|
|Peyton Manning (HOF)||12,287||85||58||0||0|
|Joe Montana (HOF)||7,973||51||32||0||1|
|Terry Bradshaw (HOF)||5,556||31||58||0||0|
|Dan Marino (HOF)||11,431||98||44||1||0|
|Brett Favre (HOF)||10,412||70||51||0||0|
I know that the league has become more of a passing league in recent years but look at Mahomes numbers compared to Hall of Famers. He has more passing yards in his first three years than any others on this list. He has by far more touchdowns with only Dan Marino coming close, but he is still 16 behind. Only Marino was able to win the MVP award in one of his first three seasons. And when it comes to Super Bowl victories, Mahomes, just like Brady and Joe Montana, already has one.
Patrick Mahomes has started his career at a blistering pace and has better records than five hall of fame quarterbacks and one future hall of fame quarterback. Everyone says that Tom Brady is the Greatest of All Time but if Mahomes continues at this rate for the next 17 years then he will smash every record possible for a quarterback and will become the true G.O.A.T. The Legacy of Patrick Mahomes continues…