For his father, the baseball player, see Pat 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 24)
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
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2017–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* NFL Most Valuable Player (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Passing yards:5,381
Completion percentage:65.9
Passer rating:111.7
Player stats at

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American professional football player who is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Pat Mahomes.

Mahomes played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. Mahomes' junior year, he led all NCAA Division 1 players in multiple categories including passing yards (5,052 yards) and passing touchdowns (53 touchdowns). He then entered the 2017 NFL Draft where he was the tenth overall selection by the Kansas City 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 also joined Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season.[1] For his performance in his first season as starter, he was named to the Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player.

Early yearsEdit

Mahomes was born to parents Pat Mahomes, a former MLB pitcher, and Randi Mahomes on September 17, 1995.[2][3] The two later divorced. Mahomes attended Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas.[4] He played football, baseball, and basketball.[5] 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.[6] He was named the Maxpreps Male Athlete of the Year for 2013–2014.[7]

Mahomes was rated by as a three-star football recruit and was ranked as the 12th best dual-threat quarterback in his class.[8] He committed to Texas Tech University.[9] 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.[10][11][12] He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round, but did not sign.[13][14]

College careerEdit


Mahomes entered his freshman season as a backup to Davis Webb.[15][16] 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.[17] After Webb was again injured, Mahomes started his first career game against Texas.[18] He completed 13 of 21 passes for 109 yards in the game.[19] 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.[20][21] For the season, he passed for 1,547 yards and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions.[22]

Mahomes split time with the Texas Tech baseball team, where he was a relief pitcher.[23]


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.[24] 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.[25] Against TCU, Mahomes passed for 392 yards and two touchdowns in the 55–52 loss.[26] Overall, in the 2015 season, he finished with 4,653 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.[27]


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.[23]

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).[28][29] The 125 combined points are the second most all time involving ranked teams.[30]

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).[31] 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.[32] He was also named an Academic All-American 2nd Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.[33]

Mahomes announced on January 3, 2017, that he would forgo his last year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[34]

NCAA recordsEdit

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

College statisticsEdit

Patrick Mahomes Passing
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 careerEdit

NFL draftEdit

Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes was projected as a first or second round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts.[35] 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.[36] Mahomes was ranked the second best quarterback by,[37] the third best by ESPN,[38] and the fourth best by[39] 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.[40] 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.[41]

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Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2⅛ in 225 lb 4.80 s 4.08 s 6.88 s 30 in 9 ft 6 in 24[42]

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes in the first round (10th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft.[44][45] 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.[46] 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.[47]

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2017 season: Rookie yearEdit

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.[48]

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.[49][50] 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.[51][52]

2018 season: Record-setting MVPEdit

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On January 30, 2018, the Chiefs announced they had agreed to trade Alex Smith, making Mahomes the starting quarterback for the 2018 season.[53] 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.[54] 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.[55] 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.[56] For his performance against the Pittsburgh 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.[57] Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.[58]

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.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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.[62] 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.[63] His 478 passing yards were the most for a single game by any quarterback for the 2018 season.[64]

Following an 89-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson in a Week 17 game against the Oakland Raiders, Mahomes became the second quarterback in NFL history, along with Peyton Manning, to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.[65] Additionally, he became one of seven players in NFL history with 5,000 passing yards in a season.[66] He finished second in the NFL in passing yards. He became the first Chief since Len Dawson in 1966 to lead the league the passing touchdowns.[67] He helped lead the Chiefs to a 12–4 record and their third straight division title.[68]

On January 12, 2019, the Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round by a score of 31–13 giving the Chiefs their first home playoff win since the 1993 season. Mahomes threw for 278 yards with no interceptions and rushed for one touchdown in his first career playoff start.[69] The win sent the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship since 1993 and allowed the Chiefs to host the first AFC Championship game held at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, but the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in overtime 31–37.[70]

Mahomes' performance for the season earned multiple awards. He was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, he was named First Team All–Pro,[71] 2019 Best NFL Player ESPY Award, and was named Kansas City Club 101 Awards AFC Offensive Player of the Year.[72] He was also named the NFL MVP, the first ever winner for the Chiefs.[73] He was ranked as the fourth best player in the NFL by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[74]

NFL statisticsEdit

Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Teams 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 16 16 383 580 66.0 5,097 8.8 50 12 113.8 60 272 4.5 2
Career 17 17 405 615 65.9 5,381 8.7 50 13 111.7 67 282 4.2 2


Teams Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2018 KC 2 2 43 72 59.7 573 8.0 3 0 98.9 5 19 3.8 1
Career 2 2 43 72 59.7 573 8.0 3 0 98.9 5 19 3.8 1

NFL recordsEdit

  • First player to throw for over 3,000 yards in his first ten games (3,185)[75]
  • 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)[76]
  • Youngest quarterback to throw for 50 touchdowns in a season

Chiefs franchise recordsEdit

  • Most touchdown passes thrown in a game: 6 (2018, tied)[77]
  • Most touchdown passes in a season: 50 (2018)[78]
  • Most passing yards in a season: 5,097 (2018)

Personal lifeEdit

His father Pat Mahomes is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.[79]

Mahomes is the godson of former Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who was a teammate of his father's on the Minnesota Twins.[80]

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.[81]


Following his MVP season, Mahomes received multiple endorsement deals. His first endorsement came from Hunts following revealing his love the condiment ketchup.[82] In addition, he signed endorsement deals with Oakley[83], Essentia Water, Hy-Vee,[84] and Adidas.[85] He also was named the cover athlete for Madden NFL 20 becoming the first Chiefs player to be on the cover.[86]

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