Add legendary New York Giants’ defensive end Michael Strahan to the list of those who came away impressed with Patrick Mahomes’ remarkable first season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback.
Strahan interviewed Mahomes as the presumptive league MVP joined Good Morning America on Friday, and following a question about New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s gesture of privately speaking with Mahomes after the AFC Championship Game, Strahan made his thoughts on Kansas City’s young quarterback clear.
“I’ll tell you what, keep on doing what you’re doing, and you’ll be one of the best that’s ever done it, as well,” Strahan said. “Believe me – believe me with that.”
The numbers certainly back up Strahan’s words.
At just 23-years-old, Mahomes set single-season franchise records for touchdown passes (50), passing yards (5,097), 300-yard games (10) and contests with a quarterback rating of at least 100.0 (13). He’s just the third player in NFL history to toss 50 touchdowns in a single season, joining Brady and Peyton Manning, and he’s by far the youngest to ever do so.
And there was never a dull moment as Mahomes assembled those mind-boggling numbers.
The Texas Tech product developed a reputation for the creative throughout 2018, often firing darts on the run, throwing the ball left-handed for a huge third-down conversion in Week 4 and even slinging the ball sidearm on occasion.
Strahan asked Mahomes about that unique ability on Friday and where it comes from.
“I definitely practice it – it kind of goes back to my baseball career and playing shortstop my entire life,” Mahomes said. “I think just the practice and getting on the field and letting it happen naturally is the way it goes.”
Those talents helped the Chiefs to within one game of the Super Bowl in 2018, and while Friday’s interview was just one of several that Mahomes took part in this week, the young quarterback has his sights on something else come this time next February.
“I’m trying to do whatever I can to be in the Super Bowl next year.”
Click here to check out the full interview.