Twenty-five-year-old Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are off to their second straight Super Bowl to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and 43-year-old Tom Brady. And while hoisting again the Vince Lombardi Trophy will be Mahomes’s primary concern, Brady’s career, he says, is the longterm goal. In the March issue of Men’s Health, Mahomes elucidated his current training mindset, tagging Brady and Lebron as career benchmarks: “If I start early, I’m trying to get myself as much opportunity to go out there and be at the top of my game for the longest amount of time possible.”
Mahomes’s carpe diem game plan, however, originates more with his father, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, and with defeat.
For the 1999-2000 season, Pat Mahomes pitched for the New York Mets. The Mets reached the World Series that season, though Pat wasn’t on the roster. He wouldn’t make the playoffs again for the remainder of his career.
“I got to see [my dad] battle and grind to try to get back there,” Mahomes told us. “You never know if it’s going to be like this for the rest of your career. So I try to win as much as possible now, and do whatever I can to win multiple Super Bowls.”
His route to athletic championships almost followed his father. Mahomes was actually drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014, but decided to play college football instead. Football was always going to be his thing.
Now entering his second Super Bowl, Mahomes has achieved yet again a shot at the football’s highest success. Still, he recognizes that his time in the spotlight, however brief or Brady-like, induces other responsibilities as well.
“I’m at the right point in my career where I can use my voice and people can really, really make an impact in this world,” he said. “This year, with everything that happened, it prompted me to really be bigger, and then be more than I had been before.”
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