Pats await rising star Mahomes
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patrick Mahomes was barely 5 years old when Tom Brady completed his first NFL pass in 2000.
Now Mahomes, whose undefeated Kansas City Chiefs play at New England on Sunday night, is the talk of the NFL in just his second season.
“That’s the future of the league, so it’s always great to see young players come in and learn from the guys in the past,” the 41-year-old Brady said Friday. “Just like I did when I was young. I had a lot of guys that I looked up to, got to play against Brett Favre and some other really great players.”
Mahomes has thrown 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions to go with a quarterback rating of 112.7. His team is second in the league with 35 points a game.
Speaking on a conference call this week, Mahomes said he watched Brady a lot in college at Texas Tech.
“My coach in college was Kliff Kingsbury, and he actually was a backup for Brady at one point,” he said. “And so he showed me things that he liked with Tom and his pocket movements and stuff he did within the pocket that I’ve tried to put in my game a little bit.
“He’s someone that’s had a ton of success in this league and is someone that you do take stuff from.”
Brady has seen all this before from other young quarterbacks — Mahomes being the latest after Deshaun Watson last season.
“I think quarterbacks always pay attention to other quarterbacks,” Brady said. “You’re just watching the way they’re moving the ball. There’s a lot of different ways to lead your team and move the ball down the field and score points.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, celebrates a touchdown during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.