There is a lot we know about Patrick Mahomes, the young quarterback who has captivated the Kansas City Chiefs fan base, as well as the entire NFL, with his rocket for an arm and bright future in the league.
However, aside from his star-studded athletic career that spans both football and baseball, there is still a lot to learn about the rising young quarterback.
Carrington Harrison and Brad Fanning from 610 Sports Radio held an interview with Mahomes at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, offering us all a bit more insight into the life of Mahomes.
Here are five things we learned:
1. He played a lot of hooky growing up.
Mahomes’ father, Pat Mahomes senior, who was a professional pitcher in the MLB from 1992-03, traveled a lot for his career that included stints with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite his busy travel schedule, though, Mahomes II was still able to maintain a strong relationship with him thanks to...private schooling?
“It helped out that I went to private school when I was younger so they let me skip a few weeks at a time,” Mahomes said. “I would miss school for about a week or two get my work in advance and I’d go up and just hang out with him and be with him. He’d still stay on me about doing my school work, but it was good experience to be around him and travel with him. I remember riding buses from stadium to stadium.”
2. His dad gave him a (still relevant) childhood nickname.
There’s recently been a lot of debate over what the proper nickname for Mahomes should be. NFL Network’s Good Morning Football tossed a few around, eventually landing on Peter Schrager’s “Patomic Bomb.”
But commentators and fans aren’t the only ones who have been searching for a good nickname for Mahomes.
I’m trying to get a cool nickname like these guys... https://t.co/AfrJwDlCdO— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) May 8, 2018
It turns out that Mahomes’ father may already have that taken care of.
Growing up, Patrick Mahomes I used gave his son a nickname that could possibly make a comeback and stick: Showtime.
3. He had an MLB role model.
Mahomes, who grew up around baseball and had a successful career of his own, had one player in particular that he emulated in his own game.
“Definitely Alex Rodriguez,” Mahomes said. “My dad had just gotten over with the Rangers and I really remember being on the field and just seeing him. He played shortstop, I played shortstop. That was the guy that was really my role model of how to play the game and have a lot of success doing it.”
4. His most recent hobby is sports-related.
This offseason, Mahomes said his best off-the-field activity was hitting the links.
“My favorite hobby especially this offseason was probably golf,” Mahome said. “I really tried to get into golf. My dad played so it’s something else I compete against him in. He is definitely better, but I did beat him when he came to Kansas City one time. That was my only time I’ve ever beat him though.”
5. These are the TV shows he’s currently watching.
Game of Thrones, Westworld and, more recently, Power.
It’s a great listen, and you can find the full interview here.