Patrick Lavon Mahomes II has been the quarterback of the National Football League (NFL) team Kansas City Chiefs since 2017. He entered the NFL as the 10th overall pick in the first round of the Chiefs’ 2017 NFL Draft.
During his rookie season, Mahomes was the backup to Alex Smith. Once the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes became the starting quarterback. Mahomes’ debut game as a Chief was against the Denver Broncos on December 31, 2017, during which he completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards. His 284 passing yards are the second-most by a rookie passer in a single game in the history of the franchise. Thanks to his performance as a starter, he was named First-Team All-Pro, named to the Pro Bowl, and was the recipient of the NFL Most Valuable Player and NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards.
In his game against the Los Angeles Chargers, his first as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, he threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions, for which he won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive time for his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers—he scored six touchdown passes, breaking the record for NFL touchdown passes. In 2018, Mahomes was also named FedEx Air Player of the year.
During the Chiefs’ match against the Oakland Raiders in the 2019 Super Bowl season, Mahomes completed 30-of-44 passes for 443 yards and threw four touchdowns, which earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award following Week 2. It was his highest yardage total in a game. In July 2019, Mahomes won the ESPY for the Best NFL Player on ESPN’s annual awards show.
In April 2020, the Chiefs extended Mahomes’ contract by 10 years. His contract will extend through the 2031 season. Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs expect Mahomes to be at the top of his game for the much-awaited Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021, when the Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!