Every athlete admires those who came before them. Typically, athletes admire superstar players in the same sport they play. However, some draw inspiration from players who meant something more. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as well as one of his running backs, Tyreek Hill, set their sights on Michael Jordan. However, with Tom Brady winding down, perhaps they’re better suited to chasing him.
Tyreek Hill’s comments
Hill was asked about how he plans on responding to his Super Bowl season, reports ESPN. Instead of saying that things will play out as they happen, Hill made a bold proclamation in response to a claim by Chris Jones that they were out for multiple championships. Hill spoke about just how much he wants to repeat Super Bowl success.
“Well, I’m not gonna say he’s telling a fib,” Hill said when asked about Jones’ comments. “But Chris Jones, he’s definitely — he’s definitely a man of his word, and we’re definitely creating something special here in KC, so I don’t see why not. Why say five? Why not go seven rings? Right now we’re just chasing [Michael] Jordan, so that’s what we do. So I’m going over five, and I’m saying seven.”
It makes sense that a young athlete might want to chase Jordan’s glory. However, perhaps, the greatest quarterback in history is still playing in the league. Maybe Hill, Mahomes, and company should look closer to home for inspiration.
Tom Brady vs. Michael Jordan
Jordan is the go-to comparison for any athlete who dominates their sport, regardless of the game they play. Whether somebody is the Michael Jordan of football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or golf, the comparison always paints a picture that they are here to stay. It makes sense, after all. Although Jordan went his first few years in the NBA without winning a single series, when he tasted championship glory, he changed the sport forever.
Jordan went from a man in his late twenties without a championship ring to a six-time NBA Champion from 1991 to 1998. Had he not taken his talents over to baseball, his streak may have been more impressive.
On top of his winning capabilities, however, Jordan also revolutionized the superstar athlete off the court. To this day, his name is synonymous with business success as much as it is basketball success. Jordan was never humble about success. He let everyone know how good he was and what he intended to do.
Contrast that with Brady, and there are both jarring similarities and thought-provoking differences. Brady spent a year on the bench before he took the NFL by storm. Once he broke out in the early 2000s, he changed football for the next two decades. He won six Super Bowls with the Patriots and appeared in nearly half of the Big Games since his first appearance.
However, Brady has never reached the status of Jordan, as big as he may be, which might be why he’s the better target. Not only did Brady have more continued success in the NFL, but he also did so with his game. However, for either of these comparisons to be accurate, Hill, Mahomes, and the rest of the Chiefs will have to put their money where their mouth is.
Setting a realistic goal
It’s easy for the Chiefs to get cocky after winning the Super Bowl the way they did. After all, they have two of the greatest players at their position and several other stars in the making on their roster. However, before they get too far ahead of themselves, they might want to enjoy this while it lasts.
Fans might remember LeBron James’ bold proclamation about winning multiple championships with the Heat when he was first introduced. However, although James and the Heat won two titles together, he never lived down that bold proclamation. Hill and Mahomes can compare themselves to Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, or any other great. Still, without getting the wins, this is all just talk.