On September 17, 1995, the NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary. That same day, Major League RP Pat Mahomes and his wife Randi Mahomes gave birth to their first child, Patrick Lavon Mahomes II. As the son of a professional athlete, Patrick Mahomes was able to witness locker rooms, the behind the scenes of what it takes to play at the highest level, and the work ethic that goes into being a pro.
Mahomes grew up a three-sport star in Texas. He was an excellent pitcher and shortstop, the two most important positions in baseball, which helped being armed with a 96 MPH fastball. There are throwback highlights of him dunking on defenders and draining 3-pointers on the basketball court. And of course, he became a top quarterback in the one state that defines High School football. He was named the Maxpreps Male Athlete of the Year for 2013–2014.
Patrick Mahomes was born to be a great athlete. While his dad and some of his dad’s friends like Alex Rodriguez and Latroy Hawkins advised him to follow his dad’s footsteps into the big leagues, Mahomes II had other plans, accepting a full scholarship to play Quarterback at Texas Tech University. The rest is history.
The son of a MLB pitcher became a national icon on the gridiron and is now on the cusp of winning a second Super Bowl for a city that previously hadn’t seen one in half a century. Unlike Tom Brady, who was the 199th overall Pick in the draft and only became a starting QB because Drew Bledsoe got injured, Mahomes was always destined to be an impact player. His lack of talent alongside him at TTU and reckless play style caused him to fall to the 10th pick, but he had the most raw talent of any NFL Draft prospect ever.
All he needed was to find the right situation. Now that he’s in Kansas City and had a chance to learn under Alex Smith (a notoriously conservative player) and Andy Reid (a notoriously anti-turnover Coach), Mahomes’ biggest weakness has turned into a strength. He’s set numerous records for consecutive pass attempts without an interception and while Tom Brady threw 12 INT this season, Mahomes has thrown 11 INT over the last two years COMBINED.
The Chiefs QB celebrated his 25th birthday on the NFL’s 100th anniversary and it’s only a matter of time before every NFL anniversary highlight clip includes a Mahomes tribute as that name on the back of his jersey becomes an iconic symbol in sports like ‘Jordan,’ ‘Ruth,’ and ‘Brady’ have before him.