While driving away from the office today, I was listening to a particular radio talk show. The host commented that the Chiefs have been getting the majority of the hype during Super Bowl week. He then specifically stated that Patrick Mahomes was receiving the most hype, and he didn’t necessarily agree with it. I tossed that statement around in my head for a short while before saying aloud, “Why not?”
So I ask, why should Patrick Mahomes not be a primary topic of interest heading into the biggest game on the planet? For Chiefs Kingdom, it’s the biggest game in fifty years. Aside from Terrell Suggs and Stefen Wisniewski, it’s the biggest game for the remaining players on the Chiefs roster. I’d even speculate that it’s the biggest game for former Chiefs players who never got the opportunity to play on the grandest stage. After falling one game short last season, this has been a special year for this team. Earning a victory on Sunday for Coach Reid and the Chiefs organization would be the cherry on top. The ultimate goal and lifelong dream of so many is within reach. An indescribable moment for the organization, community, and fan base may become a reality in approximately seventy-two hours.
And I ask, who is that man under center whose productivity, play-making ability, and will to win has positioned the Chiefs for this opportunity? Who has orchestrated arguably the league’s most explosive offense in just his second season as the QB1? Who continues to break the records of so many great quarterbacks at such an alarming rate?
Say it with me, “Patrick Mahomes.”
Yes, Patrick Mahomes, and I argue that he deserves every ounce of hype that he has received, especially during Super Bowl week. With an ever-stretching list of career highlights and awards already under his belt, he continues to break records before the ink has dried on previous records. Need I remind you that in his first season as the starter, Mahomes won the NFL Most Valuable Player and joined Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to throw at least 50 TD’s in a single season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is the only quarterback in history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. And the list goes on and on.
Many said he would regress in his second season. Many said that defensive coordinators would now have enough game film to slow his productivity. Some even believed that his picture on the cover of a video game would be his demise. What happened? Mahomes began the season 4-0 and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the month in September. Battling through his own injuries, as well as those among his supporting cast, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their second consecutive 12-4 regular season and fourth consecutive division crown. He displayed astounding poise and overcame deficits in both playoff games. He made plays that some reputable sources said were simply impossible. That deserves some hype, wouldn’t you agree?
If the growing list of accolades isn’t convincing enough, surely his humility and moments behind the microphone are. When asked about his success, Mahomes immediately acknowledges the performances of his teammates. He doesn’t stand there and selfishly reap the glory. He credits the coaches, teammates, and even the fans. He selflessly shares the success and identifies as just another player within the process. He is genuine in his statements and appreciative of how others have aided in his success. Mahomes is dynamic, yet humble. He is a leader, yet also a student. He instantly earned the respect of his teammates, the organization, and the Chiefs Kingdom. Free agents have signed with the Chiefs and admitted that playing with Mahomes played a significant role in their decision.
Mahomes is that almighty X-factor. He’s a defensive coordinator’s nightmare to prepare for. His remarkable play speaks for itself, and his confidence is contagious among his teammates. This is why he is only the second quarterback selected by the Chiefs in the first round since 1983. This is why the Chiefs are on the brink of being world champions. And above all, this is why he deserves the hype.