The Genesis of Patrick Mahomes: NFL Football Quarterback | NowThis

The Genesis of Patrick Mahomes: NFL Football Quarterback | NowThis


Patrick Mahomes II was born on September 17, 1995 in Tyler, Texas. He was born into a family of athletes.
His father Pat Mahomes was an MLB pitcher for 11 years. And just like his father, he fell in love with sports. In high school he was a 3-sport athlete,
excelling in baseball, football, and basketball. He was named the Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014 by Maxpreps,
a website covering high school sports. In 2014, Mahomes was taken in the 37th round of the MLB draft,
by the Detroit Tigers. However, had also committed to play quarterback at Texas Tech. Ultimately, he decided to pursue the path of football,
while keeping his baseball dream alive at the same time. Mahomes spent his first year at Texas Tech as both a quarterback
and a relief pitcher for the Red Raiders’ baseball team. As a freshman QB, he only played 7 games,
but he still managed to break a Big 12 record for passing yards in a game as a freshman,
when he threw for 598 yards against Baylor. Mahomes became the full time starter as a sophomore. In the 2 remaining seasons he spent at Texas Tech,
he broke 2 NCAA records and was selected to Second-team All Big 12 in 2016. He decided to enter the 2017 NFL draft
and forego his last year of college. More than any other skill, it’s Mahomes’ arm strength that excited coaches and scouts. At the NFL Combine, Mahomes’ 60 mph throws
tied for the fastest pass ever recorded at the combine. He was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, to the Kansas City Chiefs. Mahomes spent most of his rookie NFL season on the sidelines,
saved for one meaningless game in the last week of the season. However, when the team’s longtime starter Alex Smith
was traded to the Washington Redskins, he entered 2018 as Kansas City’s number one quarterback. His debut on the NFL stage has been nothing short of historic. In the first 2 games, Mahomes broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes by a quarterback to start the first two weeks of a season. He threw 4 TDs against the LA Chargers
and 6 TDs against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His 10 touchdowns put him past the previous record of 9 held by
Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Charley Johnson. In that same span, Mahomes didn’t throw a single pick.

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