Patrick Mahomes: At 21, My First Draft Was Met With Doubt, but I Turned It Into a $503 Million Empire

Published 07/22/2023, 6:43 AM EDT

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Born in 1995, little did people know the NFL today would witness the greatness of Patrick Mahomes for the Kansas City Chiefs. The excellence of NFL GOAT Tom Brady dominated the previous era, earning seven Super Bowl championships under his name. And now, this Texas-born 27-year-old QB is making his mark, arguably becoming the one to dethrone Brady as the GOAT of the game. 

With athletic genes already in his DNA, Patrick Mahomes knew sports would be his life. His father, Pat Mahomes Sr., was a renowned pitcher in the MLB. And Mahomes had his focus set on creating a legacy in the world of football. But it was not as easy as it sounds, as the journey to the greatness he enjoys today has been full of blood, sweat, and tears. 

The journey of Patrick Mahomes to NFL greatness


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Stars are not born, they are made”. This proverb holds true when talking about the path the 2X Super Bowl champion has been on. Since his high school days, Mahomes has been showing his talents on the football field. And this attracted interest from top college programs before he eventually committed to Texas Tech University. Under HC Kliff Kingsbury, Mahomes polished his exceptional football IQ and pinpoint accuracy, flourishing under the ‘Air Raid’ offensive play style. His exceptional college record went on to earn him the Sammy Baugh Trophy and the Manning Award. And this captivated the interests of NFL scouts, who could see the making of a future NFL star in Patrick Mahomes. 


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Today, every NFL fan is well-versed in the game-changing passes the 27-year-old makes for the Chiefs on the field. But back in his draft day in 2017, not many believed that Patrick Mahomes would create a legacy in the NFL. He was given a low draft grade, with analysts stating that “he is nowhere ready to play in the NFL.” Despite the odds placed against him, Andy Reid struck gold, and this turned the fortunes of the Chiefs forever. His performance on the field led to him securing a massive 10-year deal worth around $503 million in 2020, which makes him the hope of the Chiefs kingdom for years ahead. 

Today, Patrick Mahomes boasts two Super Bowl championships and several NFL records. His name is synonymous with greatness for many fans in the NFL. But what if the odds did not play in the QB’s favor? What would have Mahomes decided then?


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Mahomes had alternate career choices

Just like his MLB father, Mahomes initially planned on becoming a baseball player. But his love for football became his passion to create a life out of it. In the recent docuseries called ‘Quarterback’ on Netflix, Patrick Mahomes opened up about the possible alternate options, had he not cemented himself as one of the prodigies to play in the NFL. He talked about growing up to be a baseball player as a kid. And if it didn’t work out, he would go on to become a lawyer by profession. But fate had other plans for this kid from Texas. And today, Patrick Mahomes will thank his destiny, and his decision to become a part of the NFL and start a legacy for the Chiefs.

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Mahomes still has a lot left in his tank. And as he continues his journey in the NFL, the expectations only go higher. And the Chiefs Kingdom can be sure that his name will resonate with the team for years to come, even after his retirement. 


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Priyam Hazarika


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Priyam Hazarika is a ‘freshman’ at EssentiallySports. He was picked in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ when we picked young writers with plenty of passion for NFL writing. Still in his early days, Priyam is driven by the words of wisdom from one of the greatest NFL coaches, Vince Lombardi: “Winning is not everything — but making the effort to win is.
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Abigail Kevichusa