For Black History Month, we celebrate Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes

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For Black History Month, we celebrate Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes

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Josh Trabka, Staff Reporter

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On the second day of Black History Month, Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title. Mahomes was also named Super Bowl MVP after the game.

This was Mahomes’ third season in the NFL. By the age of 24, Mahomes has already won a Super Bowl and a league MVP. He is the youngest quarterback in league history to win league MVP and a Super Bowl.

In the Super Bowl, Mahomes completed 26 of his 42 pass attempts for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes also added 29 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

In his first two seasons as a starting quarterback, Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 9128 yards and 76 touchdowns. His 76 touchdowns through two years are the most by a quarterback ever to start their career. The previous leader was Dan Marino with 68.

Patrick Mahomes was given the Chiefs starting quarterback job at the start of the 2018 season. In 2018, Mahomes won the NFL league MVP after throwing for 5097 yards and 50 touchdowns. 

He led the Chiefs to a 12-4 and the number one seed in the playoffs. That year, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round but lost to the New England Patriots in overtime in the AFC Championship Game.

The 2019 season started out rough for Mahomes, he injured his ankle in a week one matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mahomes played through the injury but his athletic abilities were limited for the next couple of games.

The season took an even worse turn in a Week 7 matchup against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs had a 4-2 record and were performing below their expectations. In the first quarter of the game, Mahomes attempted a quarterback sneak to pick up a few yards and a first down. Although the attempt was successful, Mahomes was injured on the play and did not play another snap that night. It was determined later that night that Mahomes had dislocated his kneecap on the play. He was expected to miss the next 3 to 5 games.

Over the next few weeks, Mahomes worked very hard to get back on the field to help his team win games. After sitting out two weeks, Mahomes was cleared to play again. The first week back didn’t go to plan as they lost to the Tennessee Titans, falling to a 6-4 record with a slim lead in the AFC West.

Mahomes finished out the season playing at a phenomenal level, leading the Chiefs on a six-game winning streak to finish the season 12-4. The Kansas City Chiefs earned a first-round bye in the playoffs and were set to play against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.

The matchup against the Texans started out disastrous for the Chiefs, as they fell behind 24-0 early in the second quarter. Some fans had begun to exit the stadium already, and players and coaches were getting very nervous. Patrick Mahomes, on the other hand, was composed and ready to get back in the game. Before walking onto the field, he motivated his offense by saying “Let’s go do something special.” The Chiefs went on to score 51 points that game, including a stretch of 7 straight touchdown drives. The Chiefs scored so many points that the stadium ran out of celebratory fireworks. 

“This performance by Patrick Mahomes was very inspiring, although he was down by 24 points, he didn’t give up and continued fighting,” said Ryan Maguire, an NHS student.

After defeating the Texans, the Tennessee Titans were the one thing between Mahomes and the Super Bowl. This game also did not start out as planned for the Chiefs, as they trailed 17-7 midway through the second quarter. Once again, the Chiefs offense erupted as they came back to win the game 35-24.

Now it was on to the Super Bowl for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. They would match up against the San Francisco 49ers, a team that thrived on running the football at hitting the opposing teams quarterback.

The Super Bowl was a low scoring, defensive matchup for three and a half quarters. Midway through the fourth quarter, Mahomes and the Chiefs trailed 20-10. Once again, the Chiefs would not go down without a fight. Mahomes led three straight touchdown drives to win the Super Bowl by a score of 31-20.

After the game, Patrick Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP, a fan-voted award given to the best performing player in the Super Bowl. Mahomes accounted for three of the Chiefs four touchdowns and was an essential part of their comeback win.

Even though Mahomes is an outstanding player on the field, he is also a great person off of the field. Back in October of 2018, Mahomes partnered up with the Veterans Community Project to help build homes for homeless veterans. He and 65 other volunteers helped build 5 tiny homes to help veterans in the Kansas City area. 

When asked about the day, Mahomes said, “Anytime I can have the opportunity where I can come out here and give back to them, it’s something that I try to do and try to be a part of.”