The Super Bowl 54 matchup between the 49ers and Chiefs is almost right here, and there may not be a more high-profile participant on the sphere than Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Earlier than the third-year quarterback grew to become league MVP and led his team to its first Super Bowl berth in 50 years, nonetheless, he was a sizzling shot signal-caller for the Texas Tech Crimson Raiders. Earlier than that, he was a three-sport athlete with a formidable baseball pedigree, making him simply as seemingly to play MLB as within the NFL.
So how did Mahomes go from multi-sport star to unquestioned chief of the Chiefs? Sporting News takes a glance again at Mahomes’ route to the NFL, beginning along with his time at Whitehouse Excessive College (Whitehouse, Texas), via his time at Texas Tech and, now, with the Chiefs.
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Patrick Mahomes practically give up football in highschool
Patrick Mahomes II is the son of Pat Mahomes, an MLB pitching veteran of 11 years who performed with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Crimson Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Rising up because the son of an MLB pitcher allowed Patrick Mahomes loads of entry to America’s Pastime. That was evident when Mahomes grew to become a three-sport star at Whitehouse Excessive College, the place he excelled at baseball, football and basketball.
He was proficient sufficient in baseball and football, nonetheless, that he had to resolve which sport he’d be more seemingly to play professionally. His sturdy arm was equally spectacular on the gridiron because it was on the diamond and, in accordance to a report from Kansas City TV station WDAF, Mahomes leaned more towards taking part in baseball earlier than his mom, Randi Mahomes, stepped in.
“Before his junior year in high school he came to me that summer wanting to quit football,” Randi Mahomes told WDAF, “but I just said you’re going to regret it if you quit.”
Two seasons later, Patrick Mahomes, then a highschool senior, threw for 4,619 yards and 50 passing touchdowns whereas speeding for 948 yards and 15 scores.
He was equally spectacular on the diamond, boasting a 93 mph fastball as a right-handed pitcher who batted higher than .450 within the box. He additionally pitched a 16-strikeout no-hitter, out-pitching Mount Nice’s Michael Kopech, the No. 33 general choose within the 2014 MLB Draft. Mahomes was named MaxPreps’ 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Yr for his exploits.
That raised the query: What would Mahomes do as soon as he graduated from highschool?
Patrick Mahomes spurned the MLB Draft to play college football
Mahomes was proficient sufficient a baseball participant in highschool that the Detroit Tigers determined to draft him within the 37th round of the 2014 draft. Mahomes, who had already dedicated to play college football at Texas Tech, didn’t sign.
Right here is Mahomes’ MLB draft report popping out of highschool, courtesy of Baseball America:
“Mahomes’ father of the same name spent parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues and was still pitching in independent ball until 2009. His son has a bigger, more physical frame at a listed 6-foot-2, 214 pounds and has shown a low-90s fastball on the mound while also showcasing excellent arm strength when he plays right field. Some evaluators like him better as a hitter who is an average runner with plus raw power from a raw offensive approach. Mahomes appears to prefer football, however, with good reason. He’s a quarterback committed to Texas Tech.”
That stated, Mahomes’ baseball profession did not finish at Whitehouse Excessive College (more on that later).
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Patrick Mahomes had solely three scholarship affords
It might appear loopy now, however Mahomes, in accordance to 247Sports activities, had solely three college football scholarship affords popping out of highschool. He acquired his first supply from Texas Tech on Jan. 11, 2013. Three days later, he acquired his second supply from Rice. Oklahoma State was the final college to supply him in April of that 12 months.
Mahomes, after all, ended up signing with the Crimson Raiders, signing and enrolling at Texas Tech in February 2014. 247Sports activities’ Composite rankings listed Mahomes as a three-star signee within the class of 2014. He was ranked 398th general, 50th from the state of Texas and 22nd amongst pro-style quarterbacks (curious, contemplating he had already proven a capability to make performs along with his legs in addition to his arm).
So how did Mahomes fall via the cracks? He had the peak (6-3), an unimaginable arm, spectacular athletic pedigree and a pronounced dual-threat potential. Bleacher Report delved into that situation in 2018, naming a number of potential causes. Chief amongst them: Mahomes, a three-star athlete, did not commit all his consideration to football, and due to this fact did not work with throwing coaches or attend football camps.
“I think they missed because he never had the coaching all those other guys had,” LaTroy Hawkins, Mahomes’ godfather and a former MLB pitcher, instructed BR. “He never went to those quarterback camps; he never did that.”
And so Mahomes dedicated to Texas Tech and then-coach Kliff Kingsbury, who, BR famous, wished a mobile quarterback to run his offense.
Patrick Mahomes flopped in his one college pitching look
Regardless of signing a football scholarship at Texas Tech, Mahomes did pitch one game for Texas Tech’s baseball team — with disastrous results.
In accordance to a report from The Athletic, Mahomes “had the yips” in his one mound look for Texas Tech, which got here on Feb. 21, 2015, vs. Northern Illinois. Mahomes entered the game within the ninth inning with the Crimson Raiders up 6-0. His line in that game: 15 pitches 11 balls, two walks, one hit batter, no outs. He confronted three batters, all of whom scored, incomes an ERA of 99.00.
Ryan Moseley, then a beginning pitcher for Tech, remembered how the team supported Mahomes after he entered the dugout.
“He had a bunch of fellows reassuring him: ‘Hey, it’s no matter — we’ll be advantageous, and this isn’t the final time you’ll get on the market,'” Moseley told The Athletic. “Which it ended up being.”
Mahomes performed in three games general, going Zero for two on the plate.
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Texas Tech football stats, highlights
Mahomes’ highlights at Texas Tech look awfully related to those he has compiled at Kansas City: an attractive combine of massive armed-throws, pinpoint accuracy, operating potential and evasiveness that left gamers confounded on how to defend him.
For his profession, Mahomes accomplished 857 of 1,349 passes (63.5 percent) for 11,252 yards, 93 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, and a 152.0 quarterback score. He additionally ran 308 times for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns. That features a steller junior season during which Mahomes accomplished 388 of 591 passes (65.7 percent) for five,052 yards, 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He additionally rushed for 12 touchdowns.
That season, he led the FBS in passing yards, complete yards (5,337) and touchdowns answerable for (53). He completed second in pass completions, 12th in completion proportion, 13th in adjusted yards per try (9.2) and 12th in passer effectivity score (157.0)
Surprisingly, Mahomes’ next-level expertise wasn’t sufficient to assist Texas Tech within the record books: He went went 13-16 as a starter, together with 0-6 towards ranked teams. Texas Tech solely had one profitable season with him on the helm, going 7-6 in his sophomore season in 2015. That does not change that he demonstrated the power to play on the next degree, although:
For his efforts, the Chiefs took Mahomes because the 10th participant and second quarterback off the board.
The remainder, as they are saying, is history.