2020 has been pretty rough for most of us. But most of us aren’t Patrick Mahomes.
The 24-year-old quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs won his first Super Bowl and first Super Bowl MVP award in February in a thrilling comeback against the San Francisco 49ers. And while recent months have seen the sports world shut down during a pandemic, you’ve got to assume Mahomes is still enjoying something of a victory lap. It can’t hurt that last month he signed the most expensive contract in NFL history, securing a ten-year future with his team in the process.
To follow that up, Mahomes, the son of major league pitcher Pat Mahomes, recently acquired an ownership stake in the Kansas City Royals, which, on top of his decade-plus deal with the Chiefs, seems to really make it clear that he isn’t leaving the city any time soon.
Things are going pretty well for the young phenom. At least, they were. Until the NFL released its list of the league’s top 100 players.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 30, 2020
That’s right. Somehow, the reigning Super Bowl champ and Super Bowl MVP, a mere season removed from the league MVP award, is ranked 4th. Raven’s phenom Lamar Jackson got the number one spot, despite flaming out in the playoffs two years in a row. You get the feeling that the likable, charismatic, seemingly easygoing Mahomes takes most things in stride, but the good news for Chiefs fans is that this does not seem to be one of those things.
The QB responded to his second straight year at the number four spot on the list with a tweet that was short and to the point:
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 30, 2020
My man is taking notes and/or making a list, presumably of the people in front of him on the NFL’s list, in a clear indication that he is not planning to forget this snub anytime soon.
Twitter reacted, including longtime NBA player and Boston College alum (ever to excel!) Jared Dudley, who is scared – probably for everyone else in the NFL:
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 30, 2020
Players of Mahomes’ caliber don’t get where they are without being competitive, and while the young QB often seems laidback, he didn’t become the youngest Super Bowl MVP and Super Bowl winner by not caring. And if he did, well, the league is about to be in even more trouble, because he cares now.
Patrick Mahomes after being ranked 4th : pic.twitter.com/r2fGUGCU1i
— Kevonte Gaiters (@kevonte_gaiters) July 30, 2020
At the top of this piece, I mentioned that things were going pretty well for Mahomes until these rankings came out, but I was wrong. They’re still going well for him. If the past few years are any indication, it’s everyone else in the league that is going to suffer.
— Zach The “#InVeachWeTrust” Stan (@thelaymansterms) July 30, 2020