Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has already done so much in his career that it’s easy to forget just how young he is — and how much football he still might have left to play. Last week, Mahomes — who is entering his third season as the Chiefs’ full-time starting quarterback — picked up right where he left off from last season’s championship run. He completed 24 of 32 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the NFL kickoff game against the Houston Texans.
In honor of Mahomes’ 25th birthday Thursday, we present 25 interesting facts, stats and records from the fourth-year quarterback. So far in his 32 career regular-season starts, Mahomes has completed 66.1% of his passes for 9,623 yards with 79 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for a QB rating of 109.3.
When Mahomes won the NFL MVP after the 2018 season after he threw for 50 touchdown passes and 5,097 yards, he was then the second-youngest to ever do so, behind all-time great running back Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns. The year after Mahomes won the award, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson won it and then Jackson became the second-youngest by several months.
Also in 2018, Mahomes broke Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes through the first three weeks of a season, when he tossed 13.
Earlier that season, then as a 23 year old, he became the youngest player to ever throw a six-touchdown game, in a 42-37 victory against the Steelers in Week 2.
In a span from Week 2 through Week 9, Mahomes recorded eight consecutive games of 300 or more passing yards, tying former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for second-most of all time. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has two separate streaks of nine consecutive such games.
After he won Super Bowl LIV in February, 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers, he became the youngest player ever (at 24 years and 138 days) to win both an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl MVP award. He edged out former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith at 24 years and 233 days.
Mahomes became the third youngest Super Bowl MVP in history, behind Marcus Allen (with the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII) and Lynn Swann (with the Steelers in Super Bowl X).
The Chiefs trailed the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV by 10 points, which means Mahomes helped his team tie the second-largest comeback victory in a Super Bowl. That record belongs to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, who trailed the Falcons by 25 points before coming back to win the game.
In fact, in last season’s Super Bowl run, Mahomes’ Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to come back from deficits of at least 10 points in three different playoff games.
Mahomes is a part owner of the MLB’s Kansas City Royals.
In a Week 10 loss last season against the Titans, Mahomes set the record for most passing yards (8,007) through a player’s first 25 career starts in league history.
In that same game, Mahomes set another record for most touchdown passes through a player’s first 25 career starts with 68, toppling former Miami Dolphin Dan Marino’s 65.
We’re not done; in that same Week 10 game, Mahomes notched his 16th game of 300 or more passing yards, tying Hall of Famer Kurt Warner with the most such games through a player’s first 25 career starts.
Still going … he also recorded the most completions and posted the highest quarterback rating of any player in NFL history through his first 25 career starts.
Mahomes’ 50 passing touchdowns in 2018 obliterated a Chiefs team record of 30 that had been held by Len Dawson in 1964.
His 5,097 passing yards that year broke Trent Green’s former team record of 4,591 in 2004.
His passer rating of 113.8? That eclipsed Alex Smith’s franchise record of 104.7, set the previous season.
After his MVP season, he became the first player to ever throw for 5,000 or more yards in a single season in both college football and the NFL; he threw for 5,052 in 2016 as a junior for Texas Tech.
In one of the wildest stat lines you’ll ever see, Mahomes completed 52 of 88 passing attempts for 734 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in a 66-59 Texas Tech loss in October 2016 against Oklahoma. He also added 12 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns for a whopping 819 total yards of offense, setting a FBS record. His 734 passing yards tied former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday’s FBS record. Going against him in that record-setting game was current Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was then leading the Sooners.
Mahomes led Whitehouse High School (Texas) to its first-ever district title after going 12-1, including a 10-0 record in the regular season. He threw for 4,619 yards on 287 of 495 passing with 50 touchdowns as a senior, while rushing 157 times for 948 yards with 15 more touchdowns.
On the basketball court for Whitehouse, Mahomes led his team to a 28-7 record as a senior, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game.
In the 2014 MLB draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Mahomes in the 37th round as the 1,120th overall selection. He played both outfield and pitcher.
Mahomes is the son of long-time MLB reliever Pat Mahomes, who played 11 seasons with the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Pirates, Rangers and Cubs. As a child, Mahomes followed his father along and spent a lot of time in MLB clubhouses. Mahomes has credited his baseball background for some of the unique arm angles he has used in throwing passes on the football field.
In the first game of a doubleheader in March 2014 for Whitehouse, Mahomes threw a no-hitter against Mount Pleasant, in which he struck out 16 batters.
In the second game of the doubleheader, he went 3 of 4 from the plate and nearly hit for the cycle.