Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of — if not the — best quarterbacks in the NFL. Many people are even starting to say that he could be one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. It is hard to make that claim so early in someone’s career, but if Mahomes continues to play at the level he has so far — or even somehow improves — it will certainly be hard to argue it. So, since he is already getting compared to some of the greatest QBs of all-time, and since many successful quarterbacks have been pretty tall, how tall is Patrick Mahomes, and how does his height compare to the heights of other legends?
Patrick Mahomes has had a great start to his NFL career
After putting up incredible numbers at Texas Tech, Mahomes went to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
In his first season, Mahomes sat behind quarterback Alex Smith. He only played in one game and completed 22-of-35 passes for 284 yards and one interception. With Smith, the Chiefs went 10-6 but lost in the Wild Card round to the Tennessee Titans.
Mahomes then became the team’s starter in 2018 and took the NFL by storm. He threw for 5,097 yards and an NFL-leading 50 touchdown passes that season as he won the league’s MVP award. The Chiefs ultimately went 12-4 and were very close to reaching the Super Bowl as they lost 37-31 in the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots.
In 2019, Mahomes’ numbers were not as eye-popping as he missed two games, but he still had a good year, throwing for 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.
It was in the playoffs, though, where Mahomes proved that he is one of the best QBs in the game. He ultimately threw for 901 yards, 10 touchdowns, and two interceptions in three playoff games for the Chiefs, and he helped them win 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. He won Super Bowl MVP too.
Getting a 10-year contract extension with the Chiefs
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Mahomes and the Chiefs have reached an agreement on a 10-year contract extension. It will be the richest contract in NFL history and will tie him to the Chiefs through the 2031 season.
Mahomes had two years remaining on his contract, according to Schefter, so now it is a 12-year contract in total, according to Schefter.
In his first three seasons, Mahomes made an estimated $13.72 million, according to Spotrac. He only made an estimated $1.95 million in 2019, though, which was 668th in the NFL last season, according to Spotrac.
How tall is Patrick Mahomes, and how does his height compare to other legendary QBs?
Sure, there have been some shorter quarterbacks to have a lot of success. Drew Brees is listed at 6 feet, and Russell Wilson is 5 feet, 11 inches. However, most successful quarterbacks have been pretty tall.
Tom Brady and Dan Marino are both 6 feet, 4 inches while Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger are 6 feet, 5 inches, and John Elway is 6 feet, 3 inches.
Additionally, Green Bay Packers legends Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre, and 49ers legend Joe Montana, are slightly shorter than Brady, Marino, Manning, Rivers, Roethlisberger, and Elway, but taller than Brees and Wilson as they are 6 feet, 2 inches.
So, how does Patrick Mahomes’ height compare to all of these guys? Mahomes is 6 feet, 3 inches, so he is right there with Elway.
Patrick Mahomes has the arm talent and football intelligence to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He also has the height as it is comparable to all of the NFL greats.
Stats and heights courtesy of Pro Football Reference