Patrick Mahomes is one of the hottest football players in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is coming off a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP. He also recently signed a massive contract extension with the Chiefs.
With all the success that Mahomes has had, he believes that he’s far from being as good as he can be. But there’s someone who doesn’t agree with that.
Becoming one of the best in the game
Patrick Mahomes has already been in the NFL for three seasons, and he has already accomplished a lot. After playing in one game his rookie season, the 24-year-old became the starting quarterback for the Chiefs in 2018. He did not disappoint in his first season as the starting quarterback. In his first game as the full-time starter, Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He finished with a 127.5 quarterback rating and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
The success continued for Mahomes. He went on to break the NFL record for most touchdown passes through a quarterback’s first three career games when he threw the sixth touchdown of his career. As the 2018 season went on, Mahomes started to gain attention from everyone throughout the league. He became the second quarterback in NFL history along with Peyton Manning to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Just one year prior, Mahomes was on the bench as a rookie, and a year later, he’s one of the top players. The Chiefs had something special with Mahomes.
Mahomes led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1993. In a close battle against the New England Patriots, the Chiefs lost in overtime 37-31. Mahomes threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. At the end of the 2019 season, he threw for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns. His 50 touchdowns led the league. Mahomes was named to the Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro. He also received the 2019 Best NFL Player ESPY Award and was named the NFL MVP. Mahomes became the first Chief to win the NFL MVP.
Patrick Mahomes winning his first Super Bowl in his third season
After Mahomes had a remarkable 2018 season, he returned to continue his success in 2019. Mahomes was off to a great start, and then he dislocated his patella during Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. When the injury first happened, people thought that the injury was serious, and Mahomes would have to miss significant time. An MRI revealed no structural damage to his knee, and he returned two weeks later.
Mahomes finished the regular season throwing for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions. The Chiefs made it to the playoffs and advanced to the AFC Championship for the second consecutive year. Mahomes helped lead the Chiefs to a 35-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs advanced to their first Super Bowl since 1970. In the Super Bowl, the Chiefs took on the San Francisco 49ers, and Mahomes helped lead the Chiefs on a 21-0 run to help secure their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Mahomes threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown. He was named Super Bowl MVP.
Michael Wilbon doesn’t agree with Patrick Mahomes’ bold claim
In April, the Chiefs picked up the fifth-year option on Mahomes’ contract. On July 6, Mahomes signed a 10-year extension worth $477 million with another $26 million in potential bonuses. That totals out to $503 million, which extends his contract to the 2031 season. His contract is the largest in American professional sports history. After receiving his contract extension, Mahomes talked about how he’s nowhere near as good as he can be.
Michael Wilbon went on Pardon the Interruption to talk about how he doesn’t agree with what Mahomes’ said. Wilbon touched on the fact that no one knows how Mahomes will play the next 10 years because football is dependent on health. He also talked about how great players show how great they are early on in his career. Wilbon is not buying what Mahomes said, even though he thinks he will continue to succeed in his career, he’s not sold on Mahomes having a season where he throws for 50 touchdowns again. If Mahomes does top his 2018 season during his career, Wilbon may have to eat his words.