Few players in NFL history have burst onto the scene like Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-foot-three-inch, 229-pound Texan transformed from promising upstart to celebrated star and future face of the league in just 18 games last season.
Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship appearance in 26 years and grabbed the trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player. He’s already the leading contender in the odds to repeat as the 2019-20 season MVP.
While the world is discovering Mahomes for the first time, his friends and loved ones have known him as a supremely-gifted athlete for years.
Patrick Lavan Mahomes II was born on September 17, 1995, in Tyler Texas, a city about 100 miles east of Dallas. His mother’s name is Randi, and his father is Pat Mahomes, a former MLB pitcher who spent 11 seasons in the big leagues with seven different clubs. He has two younger siblings—a brother named Jackson and a sister Mia.
Mahomes was exposed to sports at a high level as a youngster, thanks to his father’s professional baseball career. He would often accompany the elder Mahomes to games, trading warm-up tosses with greats like Derek Jeter.
Mahomes excelled at football, baseball, and basketball at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas.
Mahomes entered high school as the quarterback of the freshman team. By sophomore year, his primary role was a starting safety spot on the varsity squad.
Mahomes eventually moved back to quarterback for his junior and senior varsity campaigns at Whitehouse. His impressive numbers as a senior—4,619 passing yards and 50 touchdowns—earned Mahomes the recruiting attention of several universities.
On the baseball team, Mahomes was a pitcher and once threw a 16-strikeout no-hit game during his senior year.
MaxPreps, a leading high school athlete tracking and grading service, named Mahomes their Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14. Rivals.com rated him as a three-star football recruit and the 12th best dual-threat quarterback of his class.
Following high school, Mahomes was selected as a pitcher by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
But his sights were set on college football. Mahomes instead committed to Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
College Days at Texas Tech
Mahomes’ gridiron domination continued over three seasons in Lubbock.
Although not a starter for most of his freshman year, Mahomes saw significant playing time in the Red Raiders’ final three games after first-string quarterback Davis Webb suffered an injury.
In 2015, Mahomes was named Texas Tech’s starting quarterback as a sophomore. He led the team to a 7-6 record, resulting in a Big 12 conference seventh-place finish and a loss to LSU in the Texas Bowl. Despite the lackluster team showing, Mahomes passed for 4,653 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.
He returned to captain the Red Raiders in 2016. The team posted a 5-7 record on the season, once again contradicting the quarterback’s staggering production. Mahomes rounded out his junior campaign leading the nation in passing yards (5,052), yards per game (421), total touchdowns (53), and total offensive yards (5,312).
Mahomes also played baseball during his freshman and sophomore years at Texas Tech.
NFL Career with the Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes decided to forgo a senior year at Texas Tech and declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft in January 2017.
The Kansas City Chiefs answered the call, selecting him in the first round as the 10th overall pick. Mahomes signed a four-year, $16.42 million contract with a $10.08 million signing bonus in July 2017.
Mahomes spent his rookie season in the NFL as the backup to long-time Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. His first career start came in Week 17 in a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos.
Kansas City traded Smith prior to the start of the 2018 NFL season. The move cleared the way for Mahomes to take the reins as the Chiefs’ starting passer.
The success was immediate. Mahomes toppled NFL first-year quarterback records en route to a 12-4 regular season showing by the Chiefs.
Kansas City advanced through the playoffs, reaching the AFC Championship for the first time since 1993. The Chiefs dropped the game 37-31 in overtime to the New England Patriots, the eventual 2019 Super Bowl champions.
Mahomes’ 2018 performance netted him the NFL MVP award (the first Chiefs player in history to be so honored) and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
The 23-year-old Mahomes is in a relationship with girlfriend Brittany Matthews. The couple attended Whitehouse High School together and dated through their college years.
Matthews attended college at the University of Texas at Tyler where she majored in kinesiology. She was a standout forward on the women’s soccer team, helping the squad achieve a 56-13-5 record during her four-year career.
After graduation, Matthews signed a contract to play professional soccer in Iceland.
Matthews currently works as a fitness trainer and social media influencer (she has an Instagram following of more than 130,000). She is an avid supporter of Mahomes’ career and is often seen cheering at Chiefs games.
The Growing Net Worth of Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes’ net worth in 2019 is estimated at around $11 million after only two seasons in the NFL. At present, his primary source of income is his rookie contract, which includes a $16.4 million guarantee. The Chiefs star is grabbing additional cash thanks to an endorsement deal with Hunt’s Ketchup.
Mahomes’ earning power is rapidly expanding, and his net worth will likely skyrocket during the next few years. He is eligible for the NFL free agency market in 2022, upon the completion of his current contract.
However, Mahomes is up for a contract extension with Kansas City following the 2019 season. NFL insiders predict the Chiefs will waste no time offering their franchise quarterback a mind-boggling extension with a price tag in the $200 million range.
Mahomes could ink the richest contract in the history of the NFL if given a $200 million deal. He also stands to become the highest-paid player in the game by average yearly salary, depending on the length of a contract extension.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the current owner of the NFL’s largest contract, a 5-year deal worth $150 million signed in 2018. Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is the highest-paid annual player in the game, averaging $33.5 million per year.
By all indications, Mahomes is gearing up for a long stay in Kansas City. The signal caller recently purchased a $1.925 million, 3,759 sq. ft. home near the city’s affluent Mission Hills Country Club. The three bed, three bath home boasts a gym, pool, and chef’s kitchen.