A year after falling short in the AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs, led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, topped the Tennesse Titans on Sunday afternoon. Mahomes has continued to boost himself in notoriety in his brief time in the league as he has become one of the best players in the league. However, there is one area that shows that he may have become the most popular player in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes’ rise to stardom
Since taking over as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in the 2018 season, Mahomes has quickly risen in the ranks as being one of the top teams in the NFL.
He put himself on the map in his first full year as the starter as he put forth a breakout year that helped him become the youngest player in league history to win the MVP award. Mahomes put himself alongside Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players to record 50 passing touchdowns while he had 5,097 passing yards and held a 113.6 passer rating.
Although he suffered a dislocated kneecap that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of games to begin the season, he bounced back in a significant way to lead the Chiefs to a first-round playoff bye. That was followed by his impressive performance in the playoffs that saw them push their way to their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years.
That has further contributed to Mahomes moving up the ranks in popularity among his peers with the fans.
Patrick Mahomes earns another impressive mark
Over the last two seasons, Mahomes has put himself in the national limelight in the NFL behind his stellar play on the field along with the Chiefs’ tremendous amount of success.
A day after Kansas City reached the Super Bowl, the NFL has announced that the 24-year-old has the highest-selling merchandise in the league above the likes of Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr., and Aaron Rodgers. The timeframe for the sold merchandise spans between March 1 of last year to Nov. 3. For the previous two years, Brady held down that top spot but has now fallen a peg to potentially the new face of the NFL.
Mahomes’ popularity will only continue to grow with him now reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in only his third year in the league. Beyond his stellar play, he has a likable personality that connects with all generations that will grow stronger the more seasons he has under his belt.
In short, Mahomes could be on top of this list or near the top for years to come over potentially the next decade-plus.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs have bright future ahead
Although it’s quite hard to reach the Super Bowl, Mahomes and the Chiefs have a bright future ahead of them. If he can stay relatively healthy, he has a chance to put forth a stretch of success that could mirror a bit of what the New England Patriots have been able to do over nearly the last two decades.
Kansas City has maintained a consistent amount of success under head coach Andy Reid, and have taken that to the next level with Mahomes. They possess a bonafide franchise quarterback leading the charge who hasn’t even hit the prime years of his career. There is a chance for him to take his game to the next level while etching an illustrious career that could put him in exclusive company in league history.
With that territory will come increased popularity that elevates him to not only to the top of the league in that regard, but the entire sports realm across the globe.