During preseason 2017, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave a glimpse into the future.
Here is the game. I remember seeing it then and immediately thinking that Texas Tech's rookie was great. And that's why I argued last season when the Chiefs collapsed that Mahomes should get the chance to do his apparent magic.
The Chiefs resisted. After the end of the season with a wild card playoff defeat at home to the Titans, the Chiefs made the change and decided to make Mahomes the starter and trade with Alex Smith.
It worked. It worked well. A year later, the Chiefs have the best record in the AFC, and Mahomes is the MVP of the NFL.
After the end of the season, the debates and discussions became child's play. 50 touchdown passes. More than 5,000 passages. More highlights in a season than most quarterbacks in a whole career.
Funny body throws. Out of balance throws. Sidearm throws. No-look throws. Mahomes is a new kind of quarterback and a guy who immediately became the sport's best player. And he is only 23 years old.
Get used to this result. Subject to injury, Mahomes will be considered one of the best players in football for the next decade or more. This is good for football, great for the Chiefs and bad for anyone who gets in their way.
Others who deserve respect include Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Rams defender Aaron Donald and cowboys driving Ezekiel back Elliott But Mahomes is without question the type.