Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes explains how star baseball players impacted his sports career
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the best NFL players, but he spent most of his childhood around the game of baseball.
Mahomes told Peter King of Football Morning in America that being around stars like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez taught him how hard he had to work if he wanted to be a star:
“The main memory I’ll always have is whenever I’ve watched guys that my dad played with, or Alex Rodriguez or guys like Derek Jeter, and all these guys that were superstars . . . the best of the best at the time in the game and how much success they had . . . I watched how hard they worked. I got to see it every day, how they were the first people there and they were hitting off the tee like I was doing as a little kid and trying to perfect their game. That really was instilled in me. It told me that if I wanted to be great, I had to put the work in. When you’re at the top of the game, you have to still keep working in order to stay at the top. I think those memories were stuff that really stuck with me.”
Growing up, Mahomes looked like he could be an MLB player and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers before pursuing a football career.
He chose to play football at Texas Tech, and it looks like it was the right choice as he is now a Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs.