The Super Bowl 54 matchup between the 49ers and Chiefs is nearly here, and there might not be a more high-profile player on the field than Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Before the third-year quarterback became league MVP and led his team to its first Super Bowl berth in 50 years, however, he was a hot shot signal-caller for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Before that, he was a three-sport athlete with an impressive baseball pedigree, making him just as likely to play MLB as in the NFL.
So how did Mahomes go from multi-sport star to unquestioned leader of the Chiefs? Sporting News takes a look back at Mahomes’ route to the NFL, starting with his time at Whitehouse High School (Whitehouse, Texas), through his time at Texas Tech and, now, with the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes nearly quit football in high school
Patrick Mahomes II is the son of Pat Mahomes, an MLB pitching veteran of 11 years who played with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Growing up as the son of an MLB pitcher allowed Patrick Mahomes plenty of access to America’s Pastime….