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Patrick Mahomes Went from Being a Potential MLB Star to a Super Bowl Champ

Patrick Mahomes can now call himself a Super Bowl champion. He has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Mahomes has made big plays in clutch moments to help lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl win.

The Texas native had success in baseball as well. He was a top prospect in high school and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 MLB draft but decided not to sign. That decision proved to work out for Mahomes going forward.

Patrick Mahomes becoming a top NFL player

After the Chiefs selected Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, he was set out to have a successful NFL career. In his rookie season, Mahomes played in only one game and was 22-for-35 passing for 284 and one interception. The next season the Chiefs traded Alex Smith and named Mahomes the starting quarterback.

Mahomes had a breakout season in his second year. He broke the NFL record for touchdown passes thrown in the first two weeks of the season. Mahomes quickly became one of the top quarterbacks in the league in just his second season. He’s the type of quarterback that can throw and use his legs. After having a successful start to the season, he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.

He would become the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Mahomes would finish second in the NFL in passing yards. His stats at the end of the 2018 season were passing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. He led the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship game since 1993 and threw for 295 and three touchdowns. The Chiefs would lose to the New England Patriots 37-31 in overtime. Mahomes won a lot of awards from his performance during the season. He was named the NFL MVP and became the first winner from the Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes leads Chiefs to Super Bowl

The following season, Mahomes was eager to lead his team to a Super Bowl. During a game against the Denver Broncos during the regular season, Mahomes dislocated his patella. He would miss two weeks and came back to lead his team to a playoff push. That season he finished with 4,031 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. The Chiefs finished with a 12-4 record and received a first-round bye.

For the second straight year, the Chiefs were back in the AFC Championship game. This time they would matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs were trailing 17-7 in the second quarter, and Mahomes helped lead the team to a 35-24 victory. The Chiefs played in their first Super Bowl since 1970. Mahomes would help bring the Chiefs back after trailing 20-10, and they would go on a 21-0 run. The Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, and Mahomes threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. He was named the Super Bowl MVP.

Patrick Mahomes could have played baseball if he wanted

Mahomes quickly became the talk of the NFL in two years. He’s already won a league and Super Bowl MVP. All of that could have changed if he had decided to play for the Detroit Tigers when they drafted him in the 2014 draft.

His father played baseball for 11 years for six different MLB teams. Mahomes was a star baseball player growing up, and he even participated in the Junior League World Series. Growing up, he was able to balance baseball and football and became a top athlete in both sports. He decided to choose football playing at Texas Tech University and playing for the Chiefs. It all worked out for Mahomes.