Patrick Mahomes is having as good a year as any NFL player could dream of. He began the year with one of the most incredible playoff runs in NFL history. Halfway through the new season, he shows no signs of letting up. Off the field, however, Mahomes is doing even better. His recent NFLPA Community MVP award highlighted his giving spirit.
The rise of Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes has gone from backup quarterback to bona fide superstar in just three years. After spending the bulk of his rookie year off the bench, the Texas Tech standout wasted no time showing the NFL why he was the 10th overall pick in the 2017 Draft. Mahomes wasn’t just good during his first year as a full-time starter. He was downright legendary.
In 2018, Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards en-route to 50 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions, as well as an MVP Award. The Chiefs were 12-4 on the season and had Mahomes not struggled against the New England Patriots in the playoffs, he might’ve gone even further. Despite Lamar Jackson stealing a little bit of Mahomes’ glory in 2019, however, he showed he was no one-season wonder.
Mahomes struggled to create the same numbers that he did in 2018. However, despite a midseason injury knocking him out for two weeks mid-season, Mahomes showed he didn’t need to throw the ball 400 times to win games. He finished the 2019 season with 26 TDs and five interceptions. This conservative offense showed Mahomes was not a one-trick pony.
He capped off the year by showing that he is also one of the most clutch players in the NFL, coming from behind in every playoff game, including the Super Bowl, en-route to his first, and thus far, only ring.
Mahomes is back to his old tricks in 2020. Despite taking his foot off the pedal in 2019, he’s back to the form that won him the MVP award two years ago. Mahomes has thrown for nearly 2,700 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only one interception through nine games. The Chiefs have only lost one game, too. They have a top-two offense, a top-six defense, and one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Most players go entire careers without culminating the types of accolades that Mahomes has garnered in this year alone. He’s a top-tier, Super Bowl-winning quarterback at just 25 years old. For some, this might be enough to hang their hats on. For Mahomes, however, the on-the-field accolades aren’t enough. As good as those have been, his greatest achievement might have been off the field.
Patrick Mahomes is a man of the people
For sports, 2020 has been a strange year all around. While sports and politics were relatively separate on January 1, social justice has gone to the forefront in ways that forced leagues to take a more active approach to help communities. With this in mind, Mahomes went above and beyond to help his community get out to vote.
He helped fund the Chiefs’ commitment to using Arrowhead Stadium as a polling place on election day. While putting money up isn’t normal, Mahomes was incredibly generous and saw the opportunity to make a difference that went beyond charity. He spoke about his commitment to the community in the days following the election.
“I think Arrowhead ended up being a great spot for people to kind of come together, come out and get your vote,” Mahomes told reporters per ChiefsWire. “And being a great place where it seemed like everything went smoothly and was ran well. Super exciting and hoping that we can continue to do that.”
The league took notice, too. Mahomes received the Week 9 Community MVP award by the NFLPA. As a result, Mahomes’ 15 and the Mahomes Foundation received $10,000 for its work in the community. Between this election stunt and his foundation, Mahomes is showing that a half-billion-dollar deal hasn’t made him forget his roots.
He’s already made a permanent mark on the NFL, but if he keeps up the work off the field, his impact will go far greater than any Super Bowl, touchdown, or MVP award could ever reach.