Patrick Mahomes celebrated his birthday a day early by tossing a record-setting six touchdowns in a Week 2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. This week, Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs will visit Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, on October 14.
Mahomes’ play at quarterback has clearly been the buzz in the NFL this season. His cannon of a throwing arm was on display the past two preseasons after the Chiefs drafted him with the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In a start in last season’s final game, which led to a victory over the Denver Broncos, Kansas City coach Andy Reid had seen enough, and after the season traded veteran Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, and thus handed the keys to the offense to the young Mahomes.
Mahomes is no stranger to professional sports. His father, Pat Mahomes, pitched 11 seasons for six MLB teams. The younger Mahomes, also a pitcher, began his college career at Texas Tech as a two-sport athlete, but opted to focus on football coming into his junior year in college. It was during that season that Mahomes climbed the college draft boards, especially after losing a 66-59 slugfest with Baker Mayfield that saw Mahomes achieve NCAA records for passing yards (734) and total offense (819) in a single game.
Now, he’s established new records for touchdown passes in the first two and three career NFL games. Surely, a sign of things to come.
Full Name: Patrick Lavon Mahomes II
Born: September 17, 1995
Birthplace: Tyler Texas
Height/Weight: 6 foot 2 inches / 230 pounds
Team: Kansas City Chiefs, 2017 – present
Draft: 2017 Round 1, Pick 10 by Kansas City
College: Texas Tech
Honors and Achievements: NFL record for TD passes in first two weeks, 10 in 2018.