Patrick Lavon Mahomes II is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He initially played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. In his junior year, he led all NCAA Division 1 FBS players in multiple categories including passing yards (5,052 yards) and total touchdowns (53 touchdowns). He then entered the2017 Draft, where he was the tenth overall selection by the Chiefs.
Mahomes spent his rookie season as the backup to Alex Smith. After the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins the following season, Mahomes was named the starter. That season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. He joined Peyton Mannings as the only players in NFL history to throw 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 yards in a single season. For his performance in his first season as starter, he was named to the Pro bowl, named First Team All-Pro, and won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player awards. Mahomes, along with Lamar Jackson, Cam Newtons, and Steve McNair, is one of four African-American Players to win the AP MVP award.
Mahomes was born in Tyler, Texas to parents Pat Mahomes, then an MLB pitcher, and Randi Mahomes on September 17, 1995. As of 2021, Mahomes is 25 years old. Mahomes attended Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas. He played football, baseball, and basketball. Patrick believes that training pitching and playing basketball improved his quarterback skills. In football, he had 4,619 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, 948 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns as a senior. In baseball, he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a game his senior year. He was named the Maxpreps Male Athlete of the Year for 2013–2014.
Mahomes was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star football recruit and was ranked as the 12th best dual-threat quarterback in his class. He committed to Texas Tech University. Mahomes was also a top prospect for the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, but was not expected to be selected high due to his commitment to Texas Tech. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of 2014 MLB draft, but did not sign a contract.
Mahomes entered his freshman season as a backup to Davis Webb. Mahomes saw his first career action against Oklahoma State, after Webb left the game with an injury, completing two of five passes for 20 yards for one touchdown and an interception. After Webb was again injured, Mahomes started his first career game against Texas, where he completed 13 of 21 passes for 109 yards in the game. Mahomes remained the starter for the season’s final three games. However, he split time with the Texas Tech Baseball team, where he was a relief pitcher.
Mahomes began his sophomore season at Texas Tech as the starting quarterback. In the season’s first game, Mahomes passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 59–45 win. He followed with a 361-yard passing performance, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for two in Tech’s 69–20 win over the Miners. That year, he only appeared in three games as a baseball player recording no hits in two at bats, while as a pitcher he allowed three runs.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Mahomes announced that he was leaving baseball to focus on football.
On October 22, Mahomes set multiple NCAA, Big 12, and school records at home. Mahomes broke the NCAA FBS records for single-game total offense with 819 yards. He tied the NCAA record for single game passing yards with 734. He fell one short of the record for most attempts at 88. Overall, the game set NCAA records for most combined yards of total offense with 1,708 combined passing yards, and total offense by two players. The 125 combined points are the second most all time involving ranked teams.
Mahomes finished the season leading the country in yards per game (421), passing yards (5,052), total offense (5,312), points responsible for (318), and total touchdowns (53). For his performance, he was awarded the Sammy Bough Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top college passer. He was named an Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Mahomes announced on January 3, 2017, that he would forgo his last year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
Mahomes was projected to be a first or second round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts. During the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes’ passes were clocked at 60 mph. Mahomes was ranked second best quarterback by SI.com, third by ESPN, and fourth by NFLDraftScout.com. Representatives from 28 NFL teams attended his pro day at Texas Tech. He became one of the fastest rising prospects during the draft process and had 18 private workouts and official team visits, the most for any prospect in 2017.
The The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes in the first round (10th overall) in the @017 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills traded the 10th overall pick to the Chiefs for their first round pick, third round pick, and the Chiefs’ first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the first quarterback selected by the Chiefs in the first round since the 1983 NFL Draft.
On July 20, 2017, the Chiefs signed Mahomes to a guaranteed four-year, $16.42 million contract that included a signing bonus of $10.08 million.
The Chiefs announced on December 27, 2017, that with a playoff spot and the fourth seed in the playoffs secured, they would rest starter Alex Smith and give Mahomes his first career start in their Week 17 game. Mahomes played most of the game and helped lead the Chiefs to a 27–24 win, completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception.
On January 30, 2018, the Chiefs announced they had agreed to trade Smith to the Washington Redskins, elevating Mahomes as starting quarterback. In his first game as the Chiefs starting quarterback, Mahomes beat the division rival Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 38–28. He threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and a 127.5 quarterback rating. Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. His first career touchdown came on a 58-yard pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the first quarter.
On March 12, 2021, Mahomes restructured his contract to save the Chiefs $17 million in salary.
Mahomes’ father is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Mahomes is the godson of former Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkings, who was his father’s teammate on the Minnesota Twins.
On September 1, 2020, Mahomes proposed to Brittany Matthews, his high school sweetheart, in a suite in Arrowhead stadium, the day Mahomes received his Superbowl Championship Ring.
Matthews had a brief professional soccer career playing for UMF Afturelding and then became a certified personal trainer. She is also a co-owner of Kansas City NWSL, a women’s professional soccer team. Mahomes and Matthews live in Kansas City, Missouri. On September 29, 2020, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together, a girl. Their daughter was born on February 20, 2021.
Mahomes is a Christian. His mother said he found his faith when he was in middle school, where he was involved with a youth group at his church.
Mahomes was named to Time 100’s list of most influential people of 2020.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Patrick Mahomes’ net worth is approximately valued to be $30 million. This includes his Kansas City Chiefs contract from which he was earning only $555,000 a year as a rookie.