NFL Analyst Believes Patrick Mahomes Can Have Greatest Start to a Career in Sports History with Super Bowl Win Over Tom Brady

Published 01/27/2021, 1:09 PM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) yells before the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Patrick Mahomes is set to return to the Super Bowl stage once again. After leading the Chiefs to victory over the Bills in the AFC championship game, Mahomes will now face Tom Brady.

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The game between Kansas City and Tampa Bay is being described as the clash of generations, with Brady and Mahomes representing their eras as the symbols of excellence.

NFL analyst Nick Wright recently opened up about the Brady-Mahomes debate. He believes that Patrick Mahomes could have already been in the greatest quarterback debate if he and the Chiefs beat the Patriots in 2018 to go to the Super Bowl. That scenario would have seen Brady with 5 Super Bowl wins and Mahomes with 3.

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“I would think that if they were up against the Packers. But it’s not just that Mahomes wouldn’t get the win, it’s that Brady gets to 7.

“There is a universe that exists, that in 2018, the Patriots don’t get the coin toss. And the Chiefs win that Super Bowl, and they win this one. Mahomes has never lost in the Playoffs. Has 3 rings, and Brady only has 5.”

He noted that Mahomes has a chance to expand the GOAT debate over a long period if he can win against Brady in the Super Bowl.

However, should he lose to Brady, the gap between the 2 in terms of Super Bowl wins might be too much for him to overcome, despite being so young.

He said, “And in that universe, you can argue, Mahomes is already the greatest quarterback ever. And this year, if it gets to 7-1, I think that mountain becomes unscalable.

“But if Mahomes does win it, the GOAT conversation is a 5-10-15 year horizon. Here is a 10-day horizon. Patrick Mahomes could be 10 days away from the greatest start to any career ever.” 

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Can Patrick Mahomes surpass Tom Brady?

Wright then went on to compare Mahomes’ young career so far with greats from other sports. Wright brought up legendary names like Wayne Gretzky from hockey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA, and Jim Brown in the NFL.

He highlighted that none of them had the kind of success that Mahomes has had at such a young age. “Wayne Gretzky won 8 straight MVPs but didn’t win a championship for 5 years.

“Kareem won an MVP and 1 championship, but didn’t win a championship for the better part of a decade. Jim Brown won 2 MVPs in his first 2 seasons, but didn’t win a championship for 8 years.” 

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Wright concluded by saying that Mahomes could surpass them with another Super Bowl win for the greatest start to a sports career.

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“If Mahomes in his first 4 years in the league is 7-1 in the post-season, has 2 championships, has a league MVP, has 1 or 2 Super Bowl MVPs, it is the greatest start to a career for any team sport athlete ever.”

Can Patrick Mahomes be considered the GOAT after beating Tom Brady? He has a legacy-defining game in the form of the Super Bowl. And if he can win against Brady, he can further his argument to be the GOAT.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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