The Stunning Transformation Of Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes has become a household name during his incredible run in the National Football League. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback was drafted in 2017 and has made a name for himself in the short time he's been in the league. In that time, he has helped bring his team to the Super Bowl twice, winning one of those games and losing the other.

Mahomes is mostly known for the way he impresses on the football field, but he hasn't been free from a few scandals during his time in the spotlight. However, most of the time, the scandals are centered around those closest to him and not Mahomes specifically. According to Game 7, his fiancée, Brittany Matthews has been the source of controversy. From questionable actions to offensive tweets, Matthews has been the name seen most in the media.

However, it is important to separate Mahomes' career from the actions of his fiancée. There are many things you may not know about Mahomes outside of his stats on the field and the actions of his partner.

He comes from an athletic family

Patrick is a celebrated athlete in his own right, but he is not the only Mahomes to make a splash in the sports world. According to Biography, Mahomes was born in Tyler, Texas on September 17, 1995. He was born into an athletically gifted family, being the son of Major League Baseball pitcher, Patrick "Pat" Mahomes. His mother is Randi Martin Mahomes, who may not play sports like her son and ex-husband, but she was the ideal football mom for Patrick growing up.

The Mahomes family are a close group although Patrick's parents are divorced. You will often see both of them attending his games. In fact, you can see the love he shares with his father in an adorable clip from his Super Bowl victory. According to the Huffington Post, you can see the Mahomes men share a special moment on the field. The quarterback is seen hugging his father and saying, "We did it, baby," adding, "I love you." Mahomes values the relationship he shares with his parents.

Mahomes almost gave up on football

Mahomes attended Texas Tech University before making his way to the National Football League. However, his journey to the college field wasn't perfect. According to Sporting News, Mahomes nearly gave up on the sport when he was in high school. He spent his high school years playing both baseball and football but wanted to stop playing football during his junior year.

His mother, Randi, shared, "Before his junior year in high school he came to me that summer wanting to quit football," she added, "but I just said you're going to regret it if you quit." To say he would have regretted it would be an understatement. Mahomes went on to play impressive seasons at Texas Tech before heading to the NFL.

However, Mahomes did not give up playing baseball during his time at Texas Tech. The son of an MLB pitcher continued to play baseball through college, but would eventually shift his focus solely to football.

9 NFL teams passed on Mahomes

Mahomes would be drafted from Texas Tech University in 2017 and while it seems like selecting him for your team would have been a no-brainer, he wasn't initially picked. According to Insider, nine NFL teams chose to pass on the quarterback before the Chiefs selected him. Those teams include the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, and Cincinnati Bengals.

Mahomes' impressive NFL run isn't just centered around his stats on the field or the Super Bowl he has won. He is breaking barriers by being an active Black quarterback. The role of quarterback has notoriously been held by white players, but Mahomes has become a role model for players of all races.

In an interview with ESPN, he shared, "The best thing about it is you're showing kids that no matter where you grow up, what race you are, that you can achieve your dream. He continued, "For me, being a black quarterback — having a black dad and a white mom — it just shows that it doesn't matter where you come from. It doesn't matter if you're a baseball player or basketball player, follow your dreams."

Mahomes has been dating his partner since high school

Outside of his work on the football field, the other side of his life is the most interesting to fans. His relationship with his fiancée, Brittany Matthews, has been a source of conversation in the media from day one. However, the love affair between the pair spans longer than many fans might realize.

According to Us Weekly, they became close during Matthews' freshman year at their high school, Whitehouse High School. Their relationship became more serious when Mahomes gifted her a rose on Valentine's Day. From then on, they were a couple.

Matthews has been supporting her partner from the beginning. The fact that he is playing professional football is still shocking to her. She told The Today Show, "He ended up going to Texas Tech, and that's when it really hit me, 'Oh s—t, he might go play professional football," adding, "It was surreal to see him living his dream and seeing him grow as an athlete and as a man in general was just amazing."

The couple got engaged in 2020, the same year he signed a 10-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs (via People).

He is a new father

Mahomes is more than just a quarterback and a fiancée, he is also a father! According to People, Mahomes and Matthews welcomed their first child, a daughter named Sterling Skye, on February 20, 2021. The pair were thrilled to become parents.

In an interview with KCSP 610 Sports Radio, Mahomes gushed that out of all the great things that happened to him in 2020, getting engaged and finding out they were expecting their first child together was the highlight. He did add that winning the Super Bowl that year was pretty cool, too, but nothing beats family.

Now that their daughter has been born, the Mahomes family has one goal in mind. Regardless of how unique her life is, they want her to grow up in as normal of an environment as possible. Mahomes told The Today Show, "I think I have a little bit of an understanding because my dad played professional sports, but it's going to be a little different in the social media age and everything like that," adding, "We just want to give her the most normal life that she possibly can so she can grow and have friends and learn and get better and better every single day."