The football-watching world has been well aware of what Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes can do for a while now, but as the reigning Super Bowl MVP continues to shatter records and re-define the way the game is played, he's beginning to earn his place on the global stage.
The 25-year-old Mahomes was named among TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2020" on Tuesday, joining a group that includes world leaders, activists, recording artists and politicians.
Mahomes is more than just a transcendent athlete with an unprecedented resume for a player his age. At just a quarter-century old, he's already one of the most prominent figures on Earth.
"When Patrick Mahomes steps onto the football field, all eyes are drawn to him," wrote Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, who penned Mahomes' entry on the list. "It's not just that his combination of athleticism, creativity and vision is fun to watch. What his play really showcases is his love of the game and the commitment he's made to his teammates and coaches, and it's clear that is the true foundation of his success."
Jeter certainly knows what he's talking about when it comes to Mahomes as he saw the eventual NFL MVP grow up. Mahomes has famously discussed how spending time in Major League Baseball locker rooms with his father, an 11-year MLB veteran, helped groom him for the big stage. That included interactions with the likes of Jeter, who thinks the best is still yet to come for the Chiefs' superstar signal caller.
"There is a lot more promise in Patrick Mahomes' future than just on-field accolades," Jeter wrote in closing. "He already has started to build a legacy as one of the most impactful athletes of his generation, and I, for one, am excited to see what is next."
Chiefs Kingdom couldn't agree more. For a look at the full list, click here.