On February 7, Mahomes and the Chiefs will take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Several NFL legends, including Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson, are giving Mahomes his due before the game.
In a recent interview with the NFL Network, Johnson showered Mahomes with extravagant praise.
Patrick Mahomes is quickly becoming an NFL legend
Put simply, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is very good.
In his first three seasons as a starter, Mahomes completed 66% of his passes for 14,152 yards, 114 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. The Chiefs reached the AFC title game in January 2019 and won Super Bowl 54 last year.
Mahomes completed 66.3% of his passes for 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 15 starts during the 2020 season. The 2018 NFL MVP threw four touchdowns to no picks in his first two starts this postseason.
Kansas City has won five straight postseason games entering Super Bowl 55. With Mahomes at quarterback, the Chiefs have an excellent chance at making it six consecutive victories.
Jimmy Johnson had massive praise for Patrick Mahomes
The NFL community has rallied around Mahomes in recent years, cheering him on as he’s become arguably the league’s top quarterback. During a recent appearance on the NFL Network, Johnson shared just how highly he feels about Mahomes.
“The most talented quarterback in this game [Super Bowl 55] is Patrick Mahomes. He’s the most talented quarterback I’ve ever seen, including John Elway, and I didn’t think anyone would be more talented than John Elway.”
Although that comparison may not mean much for younger fans, other generations of NFL fans will feel much differently. Elway won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos and was one of the top quarterbacks in league history when he retired in 1999.
Elway appeared on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019. He joined nine other quarterbacks, including the likes of Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady — the latter of whom will face Mahomes in Super Bowl 55.
Jimmy Johnson isn’t the only NFL great praising Mahomes
Hall of Fame coach and announcer John Madden recently said that Mahomes is the player he would like to work with most. Kurt Warner, the former Rams quarterback who is now an announcer, defended Mahomes against Stephen A. Smith’s criticism.
“Please please don’t be a part of the “Anybody could be great with those guys” crowd… just don’t! Kid is special & yes he has great players around him, but HE makes them just as great as they make him… don’t be that guy!”
Compare how NFL greats discuss Mahomes to Inside the NBA, where Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal have received criticism in recent years for their perceived negative commentary about current players.