At the quarter-pole of the NFL season, we’ve had cringe-worthy injuries, a bird on the field, and even a little FitzMagic. However, the biggest story of the NFL so far this year is the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The 23-year-old quarterback is currently on pace to break the NFL’s single season record for touchdown passes and is the most exciting player to watch when the high-powered Chiefs offense takes the field. Prior to Kansas City’s game on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos, Mahomes made a jaw-dropping throw that’s only adding to his legend.
The first-year starter dazzled in a fourth-quarter rally to win against a division rival, beating quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos 27-23.
Before he threw for 304 yards and added two touchdowns — one passing and one rushing — Mahomes warmed up in Mile High Stadium with an unbelievable throw.
When Mahomes lets this thing go, it takes off into the Denver sky and looks like something straight out of a video game that couldn’t possibly happen in real life.
Don’t blame the mile-high altitudes of Denver, Colorado. Don’t try to convince yourself this ball didn’t just fly from one goal line to the opposite end zone. Mahomes can let it fly, and he’s been doing it since he was a kid.
The Tyler, Texas native grew up around sports. His father, Pat Mahomes, pitched for six MLB teams between 1992 and 2003. From an early age, young Patrick learned how to throw a missile.
Drafted in the 37th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of high school, Mahomes chose to pursue football and attended Texas Tech University where he threw for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns in only two full seasons as the Red Raiders’ starter.
In 2016, Mahomes tied the NCAA record for most passing yards (734) in a single game and set the record for total offense by one player (819) in a legendary shootout against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
Selected No. 10 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes sat for a season behind the departed Alex Smith before taking the NFL by storm in 2018.
Garnering the nickname “Showtime” Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback has racked up 1,200 passing yards and 14 touchdowns through four games, and he’s already broken Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes through the first three games of a season.
Mahomes and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees are the only starting quarterbacks who have yet to throw an interception this season, too.
Is this kid’s start a fluke? Time will tell just how good Mahomes can really be, but if he keeps giving us 90-yard throws and insane numbers, the sky might not even be his limit.