KANSAS CITY, MO – Patrick Mahomes was only 5 years old in 2000 but still remembers the reaction from fans at Shea Stadium when his father, Pat, stood up for the New York Mets with an ERA of over 5.00.
The younger Mahomes made the impression that the big city might not be the best place for him if one day he was to play professionally.
“He started throwing badly and when he got into the game he was instantly booed,” said Mahomes. “I saw this firsthand as a little kid.”
When Mahomes signed his 10-year contract extension that summer, it was almost guaranteed that he would play most – if not all – of his career in Kansas City, one of the smallest markets for professional football with a metropolitan population of 2.1
In fact, Mahomes – a town regular – has expanded his stake in the city of his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, which benefits children from the Kansas City area, to become a partner in the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.
Mahomes of course signed such a long extension for football reasons. In February, the Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years and seem set for a dynastic run. Mahomes loves playing for Coach Andy Reid and with this group of teammates. He said he has confidence that 42-year-old general manager Brett Veach will continue to build a championship team around him after all of his teammates move on and even if 62-year-old Reid makes decisions at some point over the next 12 years Retirement.
But as part of the deal, he also gets Kansas City. It’s a city where he says he can still go out sometimes without caring. He chooses Kansas City over places like New York, Los Angeles, and even Dallas, which is not far from his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He said he is fine with that part too.
“The people here have been generous,” Mahomes said just before the Chiefs began training camp. “They’ve been nice to me and my family, so I’m looking forward to my future here. You go to some sporting cities and if you play badly on Sundays it’s like they hate you and your family. Then you come to Kansas City and it doesn’t matter. They care about who you are and how you treat other people. It’s cool to be in a city like this. “
Mahomes could get paid up to half a billion dollars in the twelve years of his contract, and that could still turn out to be a bargain for the Chiefs. Not just because of Mahomes’ talent, but also because the quarterback salary market could have left its deal way behind by 2031. But Veach and the Chiefs didn’t have to persuade Mahomes to stay. It was something he wanted.
“He understands that there has to be a sense of long-term thinking,” said Veach. “”[He said,] “I want to win for a long time here in Kansas City. There are only certain ways that this can be possible, and that is important to me. I know I will take care of the rest of my life, but I want to leave a legacy. And Kansas City is where I want to do it. ‘”
Mahomes, whose face can be seen almost as often in Sunday commercials as it is in the Chiefs’ games, wouldn’t be the first top NFL quarterback to do most or all of his career in a smaller town and still get plenty of national attention enjoy. Brett Favre played 16 seasons at Green Bay. Peyton Manning spent much of his career in Indianapolis. Aaron Rodgers plays for the Packers. In terms of national popularity or advertising opportunities, these players were not hurt by playing in a smaller market. It didn’t hurt the league either. At Super Bowl LIV, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked what he thought of Mahomes’ game in Kansas City.
“Patrick Mahomes everywhere in the NFL is good for me,” said Goodell. “Not only is he an amazing player, he’s an amazing young man. Wherever he plays in the NFL, he’ll make an impact. I’m proud to have him as Kansas City Chief. I think there are 31 others.” . ” Teams that don’t mind having him either. “
Mahomes has been so successful during his two full seasons as an NFL starter that it is easy to conclude that he can be successful anywhere, including New York. In 2018, his first season as a starter, he made the transition with ease. He was only the second player in NFL history to throw 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns and was named the league’s MVP.
Last year his stats were more modest, but he was spectacular in the playoffs and Super Bowl LIV, where he was named the game’s MVP.
Playing in Kansas City could give Mahomes a better chance of long-term success. Dick Vermeil, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles and later the Chiefs, recently said the teams’ fan bases are similar in terms of their passion and loyalty. The difference, he said, is that the Chief’s fans are much more forgiving when the local team loses and the star players are not doing well.
Reid also trained in both cities. He was with the Eagles for 14 seasons and is now in his eighth season with the Chiefs.
“I know he loves it here,” said Reid. “He understands the benefits of the community. We saw that when he came here and how he dealt with the community there. It’s a great place for him to live. I think the fans respect him and when he needs you little Place, he can get the place, but at the same time he can still be the quarterback of this franchise.
“He could survive anywhere. He’s so wired. But this is a good place for him. I think he’ll thrive here.”
Mahomes began taking over Kansas City not long after replacing Alex Smith as starting quarterback in 2018. He has appeared in local television commercials and on cereal boxes. Before the pandemic, Mahomes could be seen at baseball or soccer games, NASCAR races or concerts in town. This summer he got engaged to longtime girlfriend Brittany in one of the suites at Arrowhead Stadium.
Mahomes planted a flag in Kansas City that summer by buying a piece from the Royals. And it’s not that the royals and owner John Sherman, who took over the team in 2019, were looking for Mahomes. It was Mahomes who contacted Sherman.
“He saw this as a way to double Kansas City,” Sherman said. “When we took over the team last November, we put together a great group of owners here … everyone who loved baseball and Kansas City. Patrick kind of met those criteria. He did it for the right reasons. I had that Feeling that it was so. ” good for Kansas City, good for the royals, and good for him too. He has an interest in the game, and I think he sees this as a way to learn a little about the business of the game too.
“He has a baseball background. He clearly loves the game. He chose soccer for his profession, but he definitely welcomes Kansas City very much. It means a lot to us.”
Mahomes could have asked to join the ownership group of 29 other baseball teams. But he said he wasn’t interested in owning a team other than Kansas City.
“One hundred percent,” he said. “I’ll be here a long time. I want to keep doing everything I can to put down roots and try to make the franchises, the Chiefs and the Royals the best I can. I wanted to be a part of it.” The Royals baseball team. Being at the Games, knowing the Kansas City atmosphere, how much everyone loves the Royals and the Chiefs. I found it to be a good fit.
“I’m going to be in Kansas City for a long, long time, and I want to make sure people know that as much as they’re passionate about the Chiefs and the way we play, I’m passionate about my part.” from Kansas City. When that happens through my foundation, I’m trying to help the kids in Kansas City, play game days here at Arrowhead Stadium, or just be a part of things like the royals, I want to find ways that I can work my way into the city kann showed me so much loyalty and passion every Sunday. “