Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes talks training and his goal of getting to the Super Bowl
The cherry on top of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ amazing first season as a starter came Wednesday night.
Mahomes won the ESPY for the “Best NFL Player” in ESPN’s annual awards show, one of the two categories for which he was nominated. Mahomes was also up for “Best Male Athlete” but lost out to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The “Best NFL Player” award capped an astonishing 2018 season for Mahomes, who threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was just the third player in league history with 50 or more touchdown throws in a season, joining Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Mahomes was on the All-Pro team and was the NFL’s MVP.
Mahomes beat out Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley of the Rams and Saints quarterback Drew Brees for that ESPY.
Antetokounmpo, who was the NBA’s MVP, edged out Mahomes, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and golfer Brooks Koepka afor the “Best Male Athlete” award.
The Chiefs’ 54-51 loss to the Rams last year won the ESPY for the “Best Game.” Mahomes and Rams quarterback Jared Goff accepted the award and paid tribute to the firefighters and first responders who battled the California wildfires at the time of the game.
“There’s something else we want to talk with you about today,” Mahomes said. “Something that might go overlooked with all the stats and records that were broken that Monday night, I will never forget the feeling that I had coming to Southern California and realizing what was going on with the raging fires that were going on in the area.”