- The Early Years
- The College Years
- The NFL Years
- The Aftermath
The Kansas City quarterback was one of the most talked-about players in the NFL this season. But what happened to him?
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The Early Years
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City’s young and talented quarterback, has had a few setbacks in his young career. But, he’s shown an incredible ability to persevere and come out stronger on the other side. Let’s take a look at Mahomes’ early years and see how he became the man he is today.
Patrick Mahomes is born in Tyler, Texas
On September 17, 1995, Patrick Lavon Mahomes II was born in Tyler, Texas, to Randi and Pat Mahomes. His father was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 11 seasons, and played briefly for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. When his playing career ended, Pat Mahomes became a coach.
Mahomes attends Whitehouse High School
In 2011, Mahomes began his high school career at Whitehouse High School. As a freshman, he played football and baseball. In football, he played quarterback, wide receiver, and running back. He was named the school’s offensive player of the year as a sophomore after passing for 3,547 yards with 42 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,284 yards and another 24 touchdowns. As a junior in 2013, he passed for 4,619 yards with 50 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,485 yards and another 22 touchdowns. He was named the District 16-4A offensive player of the year and was named to the first-team all-state baseball team as a pitcher and infielder.
Mahomes commits to Texas Tech University
On February 1, 2014, Mahomes committed to play college football for Texas Tech University over offers from the University of Houston, University of Minnesota, Northwestern State University, and University of Oklahoma. He became the Red Raiders’ highest-ranked recruit in program history.
The College Years
Pat Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He played college football at Texas Tech University. Mahomes is from Whitehouse, Texas and attended Whitehouse High School. He led his high school football team to the state championship game as a senior.
Mahomes redshirts his freshman year
In 2016, Mahomes redshirted his freshman year at Texas Tech. He started the 2017 season as the backup quarterback to senior Nic Shimonek but took over as the starter mid-season. In his first game as a starter, Mahomes threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns in a 66–59 victory over Oklahoma. The game set an FBS record for the most combined points scored in a regulation game.
Mahomes becomes the starting quarterback
In 2017, Mahomes became the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs after Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. He made his NFL debut in week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers, completing 21 of 28 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns. The Chiefs won 38–28. In Week 2, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 42-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing 22 of 35 passes for 316 yards and six touchdowns. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in each of his first two career games.
Mahomes wins the Sammy Baugh Trophy
In his final season at Texas Tech, Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards—eighth most in a single season in FBS history—along with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 12 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate quarterback, becoming the first Red Raider to win the award.
The NFL Years
Patrick Mahomes, the current quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, had a record-breaking season in 2018. He led his team to the AFC Championship game and was named the NFL MVP. But before he was drafted by the Chiefs, Mahomes was a college quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Mahomes is drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs
In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes with the tenth overall pick. He was the second quarterback to be selected in the draft, after Mitchell Trubisky. Mahomes became the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 2018 after Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. In his first season as a starter, he led the Chiefs to a 12–4 record and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He also threw for 50 touchdowns, which tied Peyton Manning’s single-season record set in 2013, and became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season.
The Chiefs made the playoffs again in 2019 and defeated the Houston Texans in the divisional round to advance to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1994. However, they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in overtime despite Mahomes throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
Mahomes becomes the starting quarterback
In 2017, Mahomes became the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs after Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns. His performance earned him the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award and a spot on the NFL All-Pro First Team.
Mahomes wins the Super Bowl
In February 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. The game’s Most Valuable Player was Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Kansas City quarterback took a devastating hit during the game. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. The aftermath of the hit has been hard on him. He has been having headaches and trouble sleeping. He is also feeling irritable and has been having trouble concentrating.
Mahomes signs a contract extension
On July 6, the Kansas City Chiefs and reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to a record-setting 10-year contract extension that could be worth up to $503 million. The total value of the contract, which includes $477 million in guaranteed money, makes it the richest contract in NFL history, topping the previous record set by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earlier this offseason.
Mahomes wins the MVP award
The National Football League (NFL) MVP award is given to the most valuable player in the regular season as voted on by a panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters. Each voter ranks their top 10 players, with a first-place vote earning 10 points, a second-place vote earning 9 points, and so on down to one point for a tenth-place vote. The player with the most total points wins the award.
In 2018, Mahomes became the Chiefs’ starting quarterback after Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. In his first year as a starter, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 12–4 record and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He also threw for 50 touchdown passes, which led the league, and 5,097 passing yards. For his performance during the 2018 season, he was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL passing yards leader. He also won the AFC Championship Game MVP award after leading the Chiefs to a 35–24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. On February 2, 2019, Mahomes was named Super Bowl LIII MVP after leading the Chiefs to a win in Super Bowl LIII over the New England Patriots.
Mahomes becomes a father
Mahomes became a father on February 20, 2020, when his fiancée, Brittany Matthews, gave birth to their daughter, Sterling Skye Mahomes.