Patrick Mahomes Biography
Patrick Mahomes was born on September 17th, 1995. He was born in Tyler, Texas. He was interested in a variety of sports, including baseball and basketball before choosing to pursue football exclusively,
NCAA Career, Texas Tech University
Mahomes committed to Texas Tech University in 2014. Originally, he played both baseball and football for the Texas Tech programs. In 2014 and again in 2016, Mahomes had the option to opt-in for the MLB Draft. In 2016, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers but chose not to sign a contract in order to return to the Texas Tech football program.
In Mahomes’ freshman year, injuries to starting quarterback Davis Webb allowed the rookie to step up. He went on to break Big 12 Conference records his freshman year. His sophomore was another landslide for NCAAF accomplishments, including becoming the starting quarterback.
In his junior year, Mahomes set NCAAF records for the most combined yards in offense with 1,708 passing yards. He closed the season leading the US with yards per game, total touchdowns, and passing yards. For this, he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy.
Mahomes opted out of his senior year at Texas Tech in order to enter the NFL Draft in 2017 and pursue a professional career full time.
Professional Career, NFL
Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes participated in the NFL Scouting Combine, which allows franchises to take a look at incoming recruits. There, he tied a record for the fastest pass at the NFL Combine with a 60mph throw.
Following this performance, 28 of the NFL’s 32 teams considered him a top prospect and pursued recruitment. Before the NFL Draft, Mahomes participated in 18 private workouts with teams like the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, LA Chargers, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns.
Despite the long list of interested parties, the Kansas City Chiefs ultimately ended up drafting the rookie. Mahomes signed a four-year contract worth $16.42 million with a signing bonus worth over $10 million. Though his rookie season was quiet, the hush wouldn’t last long.
In 2018, Mahomes was twice named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week and went on to lead the Chiefs to an AFC Championship title. He was named the NFL’s MVP and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The Chiefs were defeated by the New England Patriots in the playoffs.
In 2019, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years. Super Bowl LIV is considered one of the greatest championship games ever hosted by the NFL, as Mahomes and running back Damien Williams were able to make a comeback against the San Francisco 49ers with minutes left on the clock.
Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP for his performance. Prior to the 2020 season start, Mahomes signed a 10-year contract with the Chiefs worth $503 million (including signing bonuses).
Since the start of the 2020 season, the Chiefs have performed well with only one loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5. Despite the slip-up, the Chiefs are still favorited on sites that offer Super Bowl futures odds alongside the Baltimore Ravens.
Mahomes is the son of star MLB pitcher, Pat Mahomes, who played for the Minnesota Twins. Many point to Pat’s career in the MLB to account for his son’s athleticism and ability to stay calm under pressure. After growing up nearby an MLB bullpen, Mahomes isn’t intimidated by major league competitions.
In 2020, Patrick Mahomes earned himself a place on Time’s list of The Most Influential People of 2020 for his performance in the NFL. Cited in the article, written by former MLB star and current CEO of the Miami Marlins Derek Jeter, are Mahomes’ passion and joy for the game, his loyalty and professionalism on the field, and his leadership abilities as a quarterback.
Mahomes has partnered with various popular brands for endorsements, including Adidas, Head & Shoulders, and Hy-Vee. Mahomes has also partnered with Hunts, a ketchup brand, because of the player’s love of the condiment.