Patrick Mahomes’ NFL career was this close to not happening

Patrick Mahomes’ already historic NFL career virtually by no means got here to be. 

Mahomes starred as a three-sport athlete at Whitehouse High School in Texas, enjoying baseball and basketball as well as to soccer, however his dad, former Mets pitcher Pat Mahomes, tried to get the present Chiefs quarterback to quit the gridiron.

The 2018 NFL MVP’s highschool soccer career started modestly — as a sophomore, he by no means noticed the sphere as a quarterback, as an alternative beginning at security. 

On a go to to Texas that yr, the Longhorns’ employees even positioned Mahomes within the safeties room.

“I remember asking [Texas coach] Mack Brown, ‘You mean to tell me you’re recruiting him as a safety?’” Pat Mahomes, stated on The The Post’s “Amazin’ But True” Mets podcast on Tuesday. “And he goes, ‘Yeah.’ And I go, ‘Well, that lets me know right there that y’all don’t watch film, ‘cause my son hasn’t made a tackle in two years. And it ain’t by accident either ‘cause I told him he better not tackle anybody.”

Mahomes Sr. had a chat together with his son whereas they have been using again dwelling from Austin.

“I checked out him and stated, ‘Hey, why are you messing around with this football stuff? You’re both gonna be a baseball participant otherwise you’re gonna be a basketball participant. Football’s your worst sport. Why are we even spending time doing this?’

“He looked at me and said, ‘Dad, you know, I just want to play with my friends. I can’t see myself on Friday nights being up in the stands and watching them play and not being a part of it.’ So that was kinda it for that conversation.”

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Pat Mahomes Sr. pitching for the Mets in 2000.
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Next season, Mahomes’ soccer career took off. He excelled because the beginning quarterback, tossing 46 touchdowns as a junior and 50 as a senior. The success earned Mahomes, a three-star recruit, a scholarship to Texas Tech.

Even then, the elder Mahomes maintained his doubts.

“The stuff that he does now in the NFL, the no-look passes, the left-handed passes, he did all that stuff in high school,” Pat Mahomes stated. “But in my mind, I didn’t know if that would translate to the next level. … It’s always been the same. Me envisioning him being a $500 million quarterback, going to two Super Bowls, no, I’d be lying. I always thought he would be a baseball player.”

Mahomes ended his baseball career after his sophomore yr at Texas Tech, opting to give attention to soccer. After main the nation in passing yards and whole touchdowns as a junior, he forwent his remaining yr of school eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. 

At the time, pundits pegged Mahomes as a fringe first-round expertise. Though Pat Mahomes knew his son would impress NFL groups in conferences and movie classes together with his Eidetic reminiscence, different questions remained.

When Mahomes instructed his dad of his intention to enter the draft, LaTroy Hawkins, Pat’s former teammate with the Minnesota Twins, occurred to be within the room.

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
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“[LaTroy] goes, ‘Patrick, I only got one question for you. Are you ready to lead grown men? If Dez Bryant, if you’re on the Cowboys and Dez Bryant comes back to the huddle and he goes, hey man, I got a wife and kids to feed, you gotta give me the damn ball, what are you gonna say?’ [Patrick] goes, ‘I’ll tell him if he gets open, I’ll give him the ball.’”

Kansas City chosen Mahomes with the No. 10 total choose within the 2017 NFL Draft in what Pat calls a “perfect storm.” Since then, Mahomes has established himself as one of many sport’s premier gamers, main the franchise to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years in 2020.

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Pat Mahomes watching his son throughout a Chiefs recreation in 2018.
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Last summer time, Mahomes and the Chiefs agreed to a record-breaking 10-year contract extension price $477 million together with $26 million in potential bonuses. Yet earlier than he signed, Mahomes required a bit of convincing from his dad.

“He said, ‘It’s 10 years, altogether it’ll be a little over $500 million, I don’t know if I should sign or not,’” Pat Mahomes stated. “And I told him, ‘Boy, you better cut your finger and put an X over that before they change their mind.’ He was debating on whether he was gonna sign for 500 million dollars. I thought he was crazy.”

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