There’s a lot we could say about O.J. Simpson these days. From his playing days as “The Juice” to the famous trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and all kinds of other disturbing behaviors, Simpson is a divisive yet recognizable figure for not only sports fans but the majority of Americans who have followed at least parts of his life in popular shows like The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
In case you were somehow looking for further proof that Patrick Mahomes is everywhere these days, Simpson recently posted a rambling bit online reflecting back on his own playing career while sporting Mahomes No. 15 jersey. He then comments on Mahomes new contract, a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, and finishes by revealing his birthday wish.
Simpson turns 73-years-old on Thursday and even on this day, he’s thinking of the greatest young player in the NFL. Check it out:
"“You know, I was the highest paid player for most of my career when I was in Buffalo, but I was thikning today, of the 11 years that I played, the money that I played came up to about $500 million less than what this guy is gonna be making on this contract, you know? I know what my birthday wish is. I wish that I’m around to watch Patrick Mahomes at the end of his contract.”"
Revealing one’s birthday wish is a no-no, but Simpson is so far down the road of “things you’re not supposed to do” that this one doesn’t even register. What’s interesting here is just how far Mahomes Mania has gotten. When even O.J. Simpson is thinking of you on his birthday and posts about it online while wearing your jersey, you know you’ve reached a level of pop culture phenomenon that very few athletes can achieve.
Of course, we should have expected to see reminders of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback pretty much everywhere when he officially signed the largest contract in American sports history. The endorsements will be many. The media always be present. Mahomes-related gear will be seen on the most casual fans of the game. It’s par for the course from now on for Mahomes. (Of course, we could do without O.J. Simpson being on this bandwagon.)