Childhood & Early Life
Patrick Mahomes II was born on September 17, 1995, in Tyler, Texas, USA, to Randi Mahomes and Pat Mahomes, a former ‘Major League Baseball’ (MLB) pitcher. He went to ‘Whitehouse High School’ in Texas and played baseball and basketball apart from American football.
In his senior year at school, he had an impressive record as a football player. His records included 15 rushing touchdowns, 50 passing touchdowns, 948 rushing yards, and 4,619 passing yards. He was also proficient in playing baseball. As a pitcher, he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a game. Subsequently, he was named ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ by American website ‘MaxPreps.’
After graduating from high school, Mahomes joined ‘Texas Tech University.’ During the 2014 ‘Major League Baseball’ draft, he was selected by the ‘Detroit Tigers.’ However, he did not sign with the ‘Detroit Tigers’ as he wanted to play football.
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Mahomes started his college football career against the ‘Oklahoma State Cowboys’ of the ‘Oklahoma State University.’ He was taken as a replacement for the injured quarterback Davis Matthew Webb.
He played his first game as a starter against the ‘Texas Longhorns’ of the ‘University of Texas at Austin.’ After completing 13 of 21 passes in his first game, Mahomes was retained as a starter for the final three games of the season. In one of his games against ‘The Baylor Bears’ of the ‘Baylor University,’ he threw 598 yards with six passing touchdowns. Apart from playing football, he also played baseball as a relief pitcher for his college baseball team, ‘The Texas Tech Red Raiders.’
He started his sophomore season as a starter playing in the quarterback position (QB). With four passing touchdowns, he helped his team win the first game of the 2015 season against the ‘Sam Houston State University.’ In a game against the ‘UTEP Miners’ of the ‘University of Texas at El Paso,’ he threw four passing touchdowns and achieved two rushing touchdowns to help his team secure a win. He finished the 2015 season with an impressive record of 36 passing touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and 4,653 passing yards.
Before the start of the new season, Mahomes decided to quit playing baseball to focus solely on his football career. On October 22, 2016, he set multiple records in a game against the ‘Oklahoma Sooners.’ He finished the season with 421 yards per game and 53 passing touchdowns. He won the ‘Sammy Baugh Trophy’ and was named in the ‘Academic All-American 2nd Team.’
On January 3, 2017, he announced that he would enter the ‘NFL Draft’ later in the year. Before the draft, he was named as the second-best quarterback by ‘Sports Illustrated,’ third-best by ‘ESPN,’ and fourth best by ‘NFL Draft Scout.’ Because of his impressive college record, he was one of the most sought after players during the draft process. He had 18 private workouts and visits with teams like ‘Arizona Cardinals,’ ‘New Orleans Saints,’ ‘Cincinnati Bengals,’ ‘Los Angeles Chargers,’ ‘Chicago Bears,’ ‘Pittsburgh Steelers,’ and ‘Cleveland Browns.’
He was eventually selected by ‘Kansas City Chiefs’ in the first round of the draft. He became the first quarterback to be selected in the first round by the Missouri-based team since Todd Alan Blackledge in the 1983 ‘NFL Draft.’ On July 20, 2017, he signed a $16.42 million contract with the ‘Chiefs.’ He made his debut as a starter against the ‘Denver Broncos’ and helped the ‘Chiefs’ secure a win.
On January 30, 2018, the ‘Chiefs’ announced that they would trade their regular starter Alex Smith. The team’s decision to trade Smith gave Mahomes an opportunity to feature as a quarterback starter for the entire season.
In his first game as a regular starting quarterback, he threw four touchdown passes and helped his team beat ‘Los Angeles Chargers.’ For his impressive performance, he was named ‘AFC Offensive Player of the Week.’
In a game against the ‘Steelers,’ he broke the ‘NFL’ record for most touchdown passes in a quarterback’s first three games. In the same game, he broke another ‘NFL’ record for most touchdown passes thrown in the first two weeks of the season. He was once again named ‘AFC Offensive Player of the Week’ making him the first quarterback since 2011 to win two consecutive ‘player of the week’ awards at the beginning of the season. He was also named ‘AFC Offensive Player of the Month.’
In the fourth week of his career as a starting quarterback, he recorded 304 passing yards, a rushing touchdown, and a passing touchdown in a winning effort against ‘Denver Broncos.’ In the sixth week, his team lost against ‘New England Patriots’ despite his contribution of four passing touchdowns, 352 passing yards, and two interceptions.
The ‘Chiefs’ bounced back in the next game by recording a win against ‘Cincinnati Bengals.’ In the game, he achieved four passing touchdowns, 358 passing yards, and one interception. In the next game, he recorded four passing touchdowns, one interception, and 303 passing yards in a winning effort against ‘Denver Broncos.’
While playing against ‘Oakland Raiders’ in the 17th week of the 2018 season, Mahomes became the second quarterback to achieve 50 passing touchdowns along with 5,000 passing yards. He is also one of the seven players in the ‘NFL’ history to record 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
On January 12, 2019, Mahomes played his first playoff game as a starting quarterback. In the game against the ‘Colts,’ he recorded 278 passing yards and one rushing touchdown to help the ‘Chiefs’ win its first home playoff since 1993. The win allowed the ‘Chiefs’ to compete in its first ‘AFC Championship’ game since 1993. However, the team lost to ‘New England Patriots’ in the championship game.
Family & Personal Life
His father, Patrick Lavon Mahomes, is a former professional baseball pitcher who played for various teams in the ‘Major League Baseball.’ His father’s former teammate and close friend LaTroy Hawkins is his godfather.
Mahomes often shares the pictures of his younger sister Mia and younger brother Jackson on his Instagram page.
Mahomes is in a relationship with former soccer player Brittany Matthews. Brittany, who is currently working as a personal fitness trainer, met Mahomes when they were in high school. On May 12, 2017, Mahomes and his friends were robbed at gunpoint in Tyler, Texas. The suspects were later arrested by the officials.