Andy Reid has worked with some talented passers in his day, perhaps none more physically gifted that his current signal-caller Patrick Mahomes.
But of any of Reid’s proteges who come close to matching the playing style of the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback, Brett Favre is right at the top of the list. Known for their rocket-like arm strength and improvising skills on the field, neither are strangers to inflated stat sheets, MVP awards and, as of this past February, Super Bowl trophies.
While Mahomes has a ways to go before he catches the former Green Bay Packers great in the record books, Coach Reid believes they share something in common that could ultimately lead to a few of those records falling in the years to come.
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Mahomes, Favre Have The ‘Same Thought Process’
During a SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance this week, host Bruce Murray, Favre and Reid found themselves on the topic of Mahomes’ freakish 54-yard touchdown strike to Tyreek Hill on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. In that conversation, Reid revealed a trait he believes has aided both quarterbacks throughout their stellar careers: their mental processing.
“They’re two different people, right? They’re different, obviously, we’re all different. But when I had a chance to listen to those two, just sit back and listen to them when they did that little TV deal, I’m going, ‘Oh my God, these guys – they think alike. When that football’s in their hand, it’s the same thought process.’ They both have phenomenal vision – just like fighter pilot vision – they see everything. And then they’re going to rip your heart out, man. Every throw they’re going to try to gut you. I felt like I was 20 years younger when they were talking. It was crazy, the similarities on how they see the game.”
"Oh my God, these guys – they think alike. When that football's in their hand, it's the same thought process."
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) September 22, 2020
Mahomes Cracks TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List
On Wednesday, the 25-year-old NFL star added another noteworthy accolade to his resume when TIME Magazine named him to its list of the 100 most influential people of 2020. To cap off the achievement, Derek Jeter, an MLB Hall of Famer and childhood idol of Mahomes, penned a tribute to the Chiefs quarterback.
When Patrick Mahomes steps onto the football field, all eyes are drawn to him. It’s not just that his combination of athleticism, creativity and vision is fun to watch. What his play really showcases is his love of the game and the commitment he’s made to his teammates and coaches, and it’s clear that is the true foundation of his success.
That joy and loyalty drive his work ethic and the hours of practice and studying he puts in to be the best he can be. It drives his ability to stay calm, steady and focused when challenges arise, whether in the middle of the biggest game or over the course of a long season. And most important, it drives his competitive fire and strong leadership qualities, which just continue to grow.
There is a lot more promise in Patrick Mahomes’ future than just on-field accolades. He already has started to build a legacy as one of the most impactful athletes of his generation, and I, for one, am excited to see what is next.
Mahomes joins just two other athletes to make TIME’s cut this year: Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and three-time NBA champion Dwayne Wade.