1. The early days
Patrick Mahomes II was born on Sept. 17, 1995 in Tyler, Texas.
Mahomes played quarterback at Whitehouse High School, where he was ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 247 sports.
He led Whitehouse to its first-ever district title and a 12-1 record. He established himself as a dual-threat quarterback in his senior season, throwing for 4,619 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing for 948 yards and 15 touchdowns.
2. One of Texas Tech’s best QBs
Mahomes first came on the scene for Texas Tech as a freshman. In seven games during his freshman season, Mahomes completed 56.8% of his passes for 1,547 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He set the Big 12 freshman record for passing yards in a game with 598 against Baylor (before it was eventually broken by Texas Tech’s quarterback Alan Bowman.)
He improved each season after that and etched his name in Texas Tech’s career record books while playing in only three seasons.
Mahomes finished his collegiate career ranking among the best in Texas Tech’s program history. He finished third in passing yards (11,252), touchdown passes (93), second in touchdowns responsible for (115) and third in yards of total offense (12,097).
3. He’s a North Texas homeowner
The Tyler native has maintained a strong connection with his home state. In 2020, he bought a mansion along Post Oak Place in Westlake through a limited liability company.
According to a listing of the home from before the sale, the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate has a temperature-controlled wine room, a private loft, an infinity-edge tub and “breathtaking” views of the Vaquero golf course. Outside is a large covered patio, a firepit area, pool and spa.
4. He was a top-10 NFL draft pick
Coming out of college, Mahomes was projected to be a first or second-round pick.
Mahomes was drafted 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL draft, who traded up to get him.
In his first season, Mahomes didn’t see the field much as he was stuck behind quarterback Alex Smith. In the Chiefs’ final game of the season against the Denver Broncos, Mahomes made his NFL debut, completing 22-of-35 passes for 284 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
5. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion
Mahomes’ one game in his rookie season was enough for the Chiefs to put faith in their young star and trade away their franchise quarterback in Smith, who was coming off his career-best season in which he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The gamble has paid off for the Chiefs.
In 80 career games, Mahomes has thrown for 24,241 yards and 192 touchdowns. In 2018, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns and was named the AP NFL MVP for that season. He was just the third player to throw for 50 touchdowns in a season, joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Mahomes was by far the youngest to do it at 22 years old.
The following year, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win over the 49ers and was named the Super Bowl MVP. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a second straight Super Bowl in 2020, where they fell to Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He shook off an ankle injury and pulled out another comeback on the biggest stage, leading the Chiefs to win their second Super Bowl in four years.
Mahomes threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and scrambled 26 yards on the go-ahead drive before Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb 12.
6. Road warrior
Mahomes has enjoyed an unprecedented level of regular season and postseason success. Considering all the achievements he has piled up as an NFL starter, it may surprise a few to know that he recorded his first road playoff wins in 2024.
How is that possible? Here’s a brief explanation.
For five consecutive years, the Chiefs secured one of the AFC’s top two seeds at the end of each regular season. (They were first in 2018, 2020 and 2022) That run ended in 2023.
This year, Kansas City entered the postseason as the AFC’s third seed. They hosted a wild card game to kick things off but had to hit the road as their run continued. The Chiefs prevailed in hostile environments, defeating Buffalo in the divisional round and Baltimore in the AFC title game.
With Mahomes as their starter, the Chiefs have posted a 14-3 postseason record.
7. He’s another NFL product from Kliff Kingsbury
In his short time as head coach at Texas Tech, head coach Kliff Kingsbury produced NFL quarterbacks.
Mahomes is one of five quarterbacks who Kingsbury helped move up to the NFL level, joining Case Keenum, Davis Webb, Johnny Manziel and Nic Shimonek.
Kingsbury is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, overseeing the development of young star quarterback Kyler Murray.
8. A college scout took a chance on him
As was mentioned earlier in this post, Mahomes was a three-star quarterback prospect at Whitehouse High School. According to a 2020 column from The Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington, Mahomes had practically begged TCU, Baylor and LSU to check him out the spring of his junior year at Whitehouse.
Trey Haverty, a Richardson Berkner alum who was a recruiter for Gary Patterson at TCU, was impressed with Mahomes after his first season as a high school starter in 2012. Although he couldn’t persuade Patterson to go after the East Texas product, someone in Lubbock was more than willing to bite.
After TCU, Haverty landed on Kingsbury’s staff at Texas Tech. Kingsbury loved Mahomes. He saw an heir to Manziel, the magician he’d coached as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
9. He’s not the first pro athlete in the family
Mahomes is no stranger to the professional sports world. His father, Pat Mahomes a former MLB pitcher.
In 11 seasons, Mahomes had a 42-39 record and 452 strikeouts in 308 appearances and 709 innings pitched. He had stints with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The younger Mahomes followed in his father’s footsteps, playing baseball in his youth and even playing on Texas Tech’s football and baseball teams his freshman year.
10. Has been compared to some of sports’ all-time greats
With a track record like his, it’s no surprise to see Mahomes listed among some of sports’ most prominent figures. In a 2022 appearance on the New Heights podcast, Mahomes said being compared to Michael Jordan blows his mind the most.