Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made waves last night when — after his passing touchdown to Travis Kelce in the second quarter — he ran to the sideline and counted to 10 on his fingers.
Mahomes was the 10th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, whereas Mitch Trubisky, his counterpart in the game, went second overall after the Bears traded up. Mahomes has since thrown for 75 career touchdowns and won an MVP award, while Trubisky has been up and down and has yet to throw his 50th career touchdown.
Mahomes was asked five straight questions regarding the celebration after the 26-3 win.
Q. Looking at the score after you scored and you were counting on your fingers, what was the meaning behind that? “Yeah, I mean, honestly, I was just out there having fun. Me and my teammates, we were going out, we had a big score before the half, and I was trying to enjoy it. You’ve seen me play. I play with emotion. And I like to go out there and have fun with my teammates.”
Q. Was that something you thought about during the week, that you would do? “No, no, not at all. Honestly, I don’t think about celebrations and stuff like that. I leave that to Tyreek and Kelce and those guys and I just kind of go out there and just enjoy the moment. And that’s kind of who I am, is I play with a lot of passion, and I like to go out there and just be out there with those guys.”
Q. What was the meaning of that, then, counting to 10? “I don’t know if there was necessarily a meaning. I was just kind of just in the moment and just enjoying it. We kind of had big score there with Dusty coming off the roughing the punter, and then getting the first down and scoring before half, knowing we’re getting the ball out of the second half. It was a big moment in the game, and you got to take advantage when you get opportunities in the red zone against that defense.”
Q. You could do that after any touchdown in any stadium. Why here? Why did that come out of you here do you think? “I don’t know why a lot of things come out when I do celebrations, but I just kind of try to go out there and enjoy it. And I know I can’t dance or anything like that, so I leave that to the receivers and I do what I can do.”
Q. Is that something that has been in your mind the last couple years, knowing that other teams had the chance to take you and didn’t? “No. I think anyone that goes about it, and as a competitor wants to be the first guy. But you know that you — you know that there’s a process to it and not everyone can be picked first. And I ended up in a great situation in Kansas City, a situation where I wanted to be at, an organization that’s kind of taken me and made me the best player that I could be at this time. So I’m just excited that I’m here now and I was able to go out there and find a way to win the football game.”
Following Mahomes closely since his arrival to Kansas City in 2017, his responses to the questions are no surprise.
Mahomes will never show someone up through the press at the podium, but between the white lines is another story entirely. We saw that last year, as he would yell at opposing teams, dust himself off and shoot jump shots.
Mahomes very much knew what he was doing — both during the game and after it.