10 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Mahomes
There was a bit of skepticism when the Kansas City Chiefs traded away Alex Smith and handed the keys to the young and unproven Patrick Mahomes. The team was coming off their third straight playoff appearance led by Smith, who was a surprise MVP candidate in 2017.
Despite all of that, the Chiefs seemed to have their minds made up on Mahomes since the moment they traded up to take him with the 10th pick of the 2017 draft. While Smith was a solid, top-12 NFL quarterback, they saw a transcendent game-changer in Mahomes.
After three games as a full-time starter, head Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ other decision-makers look like geniuses.
Mahomes has gotten off to possibly the best start in NFL history.
No, really. The stats say so as well.
In his first start of the season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an easy win over division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. In that game, he tossed four touchdowns passes and zero interceptions. Mahomes followed that up with a ridiculous six-touchdown game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, breaking the all-time record for passing touchdowns through two games by any QB. He doubled down in his third game, tossing three more touchdowns to set the record for touchdown passes through three games as well.
All of this has come without Mahomes throwing an interception, and the Chiefs also haven’t been down in any game so far this season. That is about as impressive as it gets for a 23-year old who has just been handed the keys to a possible Super Bowl contender. Mahomes is averaging just under 298 yards per game to go with 4.3 touchdowns and zero interceptions, putting him at the top of the way too early MVP discussion.
Now that you know all of that, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the young prodigy.
10. His father gave him the perfect nickname early on
Growing up, Mahomes’ father saw flashes of a special player in his son. Along with overall skill, Mahomes Sr. saw a bit of flash in the way his son played the game. With that came the nickname “Showtime”, something that seems very fitting for what Mahomes has been thus far in the NFL.
9. Mahomes makes another popular sport a main hobby
According to an interview Mahomes did with Carrington Harrison and Brad Fanning from 610 Sports Radio earlier this season, the Texas Tech alum loves to hit the links. “My favorite hobby especially this off-season was probably golf,” Mahomes said. “I really tried to get into golf. My dad played so it’s something else I compete against him in. He is definitely better, but I did beat him when he came to Kansas City one time. That was my only time I’ve ever beat him though.”