Patrick Mahomes

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Patrick Mahomes
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Mahomes in 2017
No. 15 – Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Born: (1995-09-17) September 17, 1995 (age 23)
Tyler, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Whitehouse
(Whitehouse, Texas)
College:Texas Tech
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2018
Passing yards:4,584
Completion percentage:66.6
Passer rating:114.9
Player stats at

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech, and was drafted by the Chiefs with the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes.

Early years[edit]

Mahomes was born to parents Pat Mahomes, a former MLB pitcher, and Randi Mahomes on September 17, 1995.[1][2] Mahomes attended Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas.[3] He played football, baseball, and basketball.[4] 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.[5] He was named the Maxpreps Male Athlete of the Year for 2013–2014.[6]

Mahomes was rated by as a three-star football recruit and was ranked as the 12th best dual-threat quarterback in his class.[7] He committed to Texas Tech University.[8] 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.[9][10][11] He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round, but did not sign.[12][13]

College career[edit]


Mahomes entered his freshman season as a backup to Davis Webb.[14][15] 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 with one touchdown and an interception.[16] After Webb was again injured, Mahomes started his first career game against Texas.[17] He completed 13 of 21 passes for 109 yards in the game.[18] Mahomes would remain the starter for the final three games after that. Against Baylor, he threw for a Big 12 freshman record 598 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.[19][20] For the season, he passed for 1,547 yards and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions.[21]

Mahomes split time with the Texas Tech baseball team, where he was a relief pitcher.[22]


Mahomes began his sophomore season at Texas Tech as the starter at quarterback. In the first game of the 2015 season, Mahomes passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 59–45 win over Sam Houston State University.[23] He followed that up with a 361-yard passing performance against UTEP, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for two in Tech's 69–20 win over the Miners.[24] Against TCU, Mahomes passed for 392 yards and two touchdowns in the 55–52 loss .[25] Overall, in the 2015 season, he finished with 4,653 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.[26]


Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Mahomes announced that he was leaving the baseball team to focus on football for the entire offseason.[22]

On October 22, 2016, Mahomes set multiple NCAA, Big 12, and school records in a 66–59 loss to Oklahoma at home. Mahomes broke the NCAA FBS records for single-game total offense with 819 yards. He also 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 other being Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield).[27][28] The 125 combined points are the second most all time involving ranked teams.[29]

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).[30] For his performance, he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy, given annually to the nation's top college passer, joining head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Graham Harrell, and B. J. Symons as other Red Raiders to have won the award.[31] He was also named an Academic All-American 2nd Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.[32]

Mahomes announced on January 3, 2017 that he would forego his last year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[33]

NCAA records[edit]

  • Single-game yards passing: 734 (rank t-1st) (vs. Oklahoma Oct. 22, 2016)
  • Single-game Yards total offense: 819 (rank 1st) (vs. Oklahoma Oct. 22, 2016)

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
2014 Texas Tech 7 105 185 56.8 1,547 16 4
2015 Texas Tech 13 364 573 63.5 4,653 36 15
2016 Texas Tech 12 388 591 65.7 5,052 41 10
College Totals 32 857 1,349 63.5 11,252 93 29

Professional career[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes was projected as a first or second round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts.[34] During the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes' passes were clocked at 60 mph, tying Logan Thomas and Bryan Bennett for the fastest pass ever recorded at the NFL combine.[35] Mahomes was ranked the second best quarterback by,[36] the third best by ESPN,[37] and ranked the fourth best quarterback by[38] After an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, representatives from 28 NFL teams were on hand to attend his pro day at Texas Tech. He became one of the fastest rising prospects during the draft process and had 18 private workouts and visits for team, which was the most for any prospect in 2017. Among the teams and coaches that he had workouts and visits with were the Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, and coaches from the Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Pittsburgh Steelers.[39]

External video
Patrick Mahomes' NFL Combine workout
Patrick Mahomes' 40-yard dash
Mahomes' NFL Combine Press Conference
Mahomes' Texas Tech Pro Day workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 2 18 in
(1.88 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.80 s 4.08 s 6.88 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
All values from NFL Combine[34][41]

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes in the first round (10th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft.[42][43] 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.[44] He was the first quarterback selected by the Chiefs in the first round since they selected Todd Blackledge seventh overall in the 1983 NFL Draft.[45]

External video
Chiefs select Mahomes 10th overall
Mahomes received call from Chiefs

2017 season[edit]

On July 20, 2017, the Chiefs signed Mahomes to a fully guaranteed four-year, $16.42 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $10.08 million.[46]

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 against the Denver Broncos.[47] Mahomes played most of the game and helped lead the Chiefs to a 27–24 win, and completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with an interception.[48]

2018 season[edit]

Mahomes in 2018

On January 30, 2018, the Chiefs announced they had agreed to trade Alex Smith, making Mahomes the starting quarterback for the 2018 season.[49] In his first game as the Chiefs full–time starting quarterback, Mahomes beat division rival the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 38–28.[50] In the game he threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and a 127.5 quarterback rating. For the performance, Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[51] His first career touchdown came on a 58 yard pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the first quarter against the Chargers. The following week Mahomes threw for 326 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 154.8. After throwing his fifth touchdown in the game, he broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes through a quarterback's first three career games. Following his sixth touchdown pass in the game, he broke the NFL record for touchdown passes thrown in the first two weeks of the season.[52] For his performance against the Steelers, Mahomes won his second consecutive AFC Offensive Player of the Week award becoming the first quarterback since Tom Brady in 2011 to start the season with back-to-back player of the week awards.[53] Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.[54] In Week 4, against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, he passed for 304 passing yards and a passing touchdown to go along with a rushing touchdown in the 27–23 comeback victory.[55] In Week 6, against the New England Patriots, he passed for 352 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the 43–40 loss on Sunday Night Football.[56] In the following game, Mahomes and the Chiefs bounced back with a 45–10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. In the victory, he passed for 358 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.[57] In the next game, a 30–23 win over the Denver Broncos, Mahomes recorded a third consecutive game with four passing touchdowns to go along with 303 passing yards and one interception.[58] During Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11, Mahomes finished with 478 passing yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions as the Chiefs lost 51-54.[59]

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Team Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2017 KC 1 1 22 35 62.9 284 8.1 0 1 76.4 7 10 1.4 0
2018 KC 13 13 322 482 66.8 4,300 8.9 43 11 115.2 53 235 4.4 2
Career 14 14 344 517 66.5 4,584 8.9 43 12 112.5 60 245 4.1 2

NFL records[edit]

  • First player to throw for over 3,000 yards in his first ten games (3,185)[60]
  • Most touchdown passes thrown through first three career games (10)
  • Most touchdown passes thrown through first two games of a season (10)
  • Most touchdown passes thrown through first three games of a season (13)
  • Most touchdown passes thrown through first eight career games (22)
  • Most touchdown passes thrown through first ten games of a season (31)
  • Youngest quarterback to throw for six touchdowns in a game (22 years, 364 days)
  • Most consecutive 300-plus passing yard games (tied at 8)
  • Fastest player to 4,000 passing yards and 40+ touchdown passes (13 games)[61]

Chiefs franchise records[edit]

  • Most touchdown passes thrown in a game: 6 (2018, tied)[62]
  • Most touchdown passes in a season: 43 (2018)[63]

Personal life[edit]

His father Pat Mahomes is a former Major League Pitcher.[64]

Mahomes is the godson of former Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who was a teammate of his father's on the Minnesota Twins.[65]

On May 12, 2017, Mahomes and three friends were robbed at gunpoint in his hometown of Tyler, Texas after getting out of their vehicle in a driveway. A car pulled up carrying two men that approached the group and one of the suspects gestured as if they had a weapon and demanded property. Authorities were later able to locate the vehicle and arrest the suspects.[66]


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