A recent video of Patrick Mahomes hitting a buzzer-beating shot in basketball at eight years old should have foretold everything we now know.
At this point, we would believe anything we ever hear about Patrick Mahomes. Did he prove the Loch Ness Monster really exists? Probably. Can he find Bigfoot? Absolutely. He likely also knows what really happens at Area 51 and who killed Kennedy.
As the 24-year-old quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes has already set numerous records for his otherworldly production in just two years as a starter in the National Football League. In year one alone, he ended up as one of two members of the exclusive 50/5,000 club, signifying 50 or more touchdown passes and 5,000-plus passing yards in a single season.
In 2018, he was named Most Valuable Player for the first time and led the Chiefs to the edge of a Super Bowl appearance. He followed up that season with the franchise’s first championship run in a half century and capped it with an MVP performance on the game’s biggest stage. At each level of the postseason, Mahomes led one double-digit comeback after another. It was one truly heroic effort after another.
What makes all of this even more incredible is that we know he’s not done. There’s no visible ceiling here. He actually missed multiple games last year and played injured in a dozen more with a sore ankle and/or knee injury. Each new year brings another year of experience and chemistry with head coach Andy Reid. It’s also another year of familiarity with Pro Bowl caliber targets like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman.
And now he’s been given the perfect fit at running back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Amazingly, there’s footage of Mahomes even as a kid that should have told us what he was capable of. We all know he could have played professional baseball and would have likely been a superstar there, following in the footsteps of his father, Pat Mahomes. But check out this video of an eight-year-old Mahomes winning the game on a buzzer-beater. Enough talking. Just watch it for yourself.
Even as early as third grade or so, Mahomes was used to miraculously doing what was needed to win a game. Even as early as eight years of age, Mahomes was discovering the feeling of having teammates swarm him because he’d done the impossible. And that doesn’t even touch his arm strength that somehow even then could heave a ball with that accuracy.
Every new glimpse into Mahomes as a player and person only makes you wonder how in the world he slipped past several other teams to be available to the Chiefs in the first place. He’s always been destined for stardom, armed with a rare skill set that was evident early in life.