Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Claims ‘Defeat Helps You More Than Success’

Published 04/16/2021, 7:49 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is pressures by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Andy Reid-coached Kansas City Chiefs started their 2020 NFL campaign with a chip on their shoulder. Patrick Mahomes and Co. wreaked havoc on defenses across the league, marching to the AFC West crown with a 14-2 record and a song in their hearts.

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The defending champions were determined to run it back. Stars like Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill, spoke about their dream of building a winning dynasty in Missouri.; what’s more, they were well on course to do so after beating Josh Allen and his band of speedsters in the AFC Championship Game.

However, the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers had other plans. Under the tutelage of Bruce Arians, the Bucs sealed a historic 31-9 win over the Chiefs to lift the Super Bowl LV title, crushing their dream of running it back for good.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) reacts after a play against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the third quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes eager to bounce back from Super Bowl LV heartbreak

Despite a humbling loss at the Raymond James Stadium earlier this year, Kansas City Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes is optimistic ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

He said, “People see me on the field playing and winning a lot of football games, and [they see] the contract and the different businesses that I work with, and they think that everything I’m doing is kind of just working out.

“I think defeat helps you more than success. I just do whatever I can to be better and learn from the mistakes.

“When you lose on a football field or if you invest in a company that doesn’t work out, or whatever it is, I think that helps you out more because it drives you to learn from your mistakes. It drives you to be better the next time.

“I just continue to try to make myself better. I think that’s been the biggest thing that I’ve done my entire life: No matter the success or the failure that I have the previous season, I just try to continue to make myself better every single day,” Mahomes said earlier this week.

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The 25-year-old finished the 2020 NFL season with 4,800+ passing yards and 40+ passing TDs (including post-season). He signed a massive 10-year extension with the Chiefs last year which will see him earn north of $477 million.

Coach Reid and GM Brett Veach have strengthened the offensive line this summer with some key free-agent signings. They will look to add some more firepower in the 2021 NFL Draft.

But it would be unwise to dismiss the Chiefs as ‘underdogs’ as they start the season with one thing on their mind, vengeance.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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