Showtime Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs head back to Florida this weekend with only one goal in mind: back-to-back Super Bowl’s.
After delivering Kansas City its first Lombardi Trophy since 1970 last year, all eyes will once again be on the MVP favourite as he looks to further state his case for the Hall of Fame.
On the field, Mahomes is well-known, but away from the turf he remains a very interesting and complex character.
Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the NFL’s most exciting gunslinger.
1. He Was Robbed at Gunpoint
Mahomes was robbed only two weeks following the NFL Draft by a man who pulled into the driveway of a friend’s house brandishing a gun.
Mahomes and three of his buddies were out catching a baseball game at the University of Texas before being confronted by a 34-year-old man armed with a handgun. Nobody was hurt, but the man did manage to steal several items from the group. He was later sentenced to 12 years in prison.
2. His Father Pitched in the Majors
named after his father Pat, who spent 11 seasons playing Major League Baseball
for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago
Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mahomes, a pitcher, was drafted in the sixth round of the 1988 amateur draft. He made 63 starts compiling a 5.47 ERA and a 42-39 win/loss record.
3. Mitch Trubisky Was Drafted Ahead of Him
keeps Bears fans up at night.
If you’re a part-time NFL fan or simply a little behind on the history of Mahomes, it might come as a surprise to learn he was drafted with the 10th pick in the 2017 Draft – eight spots after Mitch Trubisky was selected by the Bears.
Mahomes has started 31 games so far going 24-7 through his first three seasons. Trubisky, meanwhile, has started 41 games, going 23-18 with a whopping 29 interceptions.
4. He Was Drafted in the 37th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft
With baseball in his veins and football in his heart, Mahomes originally had the choice between following in his dad’s footsteps or choosing the game he truly loved.
As a senior in high school, Mahomes threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts, but that still wasn’t enough to stop his fourth-round free fall before finally landing with the Detroit Tigers in 2014.
Mahomes told Jimmy Fallon earlier in the year that the Tigers rang him immediately, saying nothing other than “We’ll see you in three years.” Mahomes chose not to sign, however, instead choosing to fulfil his commitment to Texas Tech.
5. He’s in a Relationship with His High School Sweetheart
Mahomes makes up one half of a dynamic NFL power couple that has captured headlines for the last two years.
Brittany Matthews, Mahomes’ high school sweetheart and now fiancee, has notably made her presence felt at Chiefs games this year by screaming loudly (and a little obnoxiously) in favour of her man.
Aside from being what many might call “Insta famous”, Matthews is also a former professional soccer player. Now retired, Matthews played college soccer at Texas Tech later went on to play for Iceland.
6. He Is Basically Kermit the Frog
Mahomes sounding like a popular cast member of ‘The Muppets’ has been a thing since he was in high school. If you don’t believe us, see for yourself!
Enjoy another Instagram dog account with more followers than you.
8. He Can Hoop
adult Patrick Mahomes snapping ankles in a pickup game this time last year.
And here’s Patrick Mahomes shooting a full court game-winner
at eight years old.
9. And Send It
Golf is a
popular offseason hobby for many athletes and Patrick Mahomes is no exception.
apparently beaten his old man only once, but here’s a collection of Mahomes
making everything about golf look way too easy.
10. Alex Rodriguez Is His Idol
father played for the Texas Rangers during 2001, the same year Alex Rodriguez was
traded from the Seattle Mariners.
played shortstop when baseball was his jam, so it made perfect sense for him to
model his game after a player he spent plenty of time with during his teenage
thought Mahomes would take the baseball route when he was in high school and he
reportedly reached out to his long-time family friend for advice when it came
time to make a decision.
Arod fashion though, the star slugger told Mahomes “there is no future in
football, you are a baseball player.” Good thing Mahomes made his own mind up.