Back in November of 2014 — now nearly five years ago — Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was taking on Texas and cornerback Quandre Diggs.
With Texas Tech leading Texas, 6-3, Diggs laid Mahomes out with a massive hit. Mahomes fumbled the football and left the game with an injury. Texas recovered, scored a touchdown on the next possession to take the lead and ultimately won, 34-13.
Mahomes still the same chump I knocked out last year! and he got the nerve to flex? boyyyyy stooooop!— Nino (@qdiggs6) November 27, 2015
Reporters asked Mahomes if there was any lingering “issue” on Wednesday.
Patrick Mahomes discussed his college *minifeud* with Lions safety Quandre Diggs. pic.twitter.com/YRzl5O1uI8— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 26, 2019
“I don’t know if it was an issue, but he just kind of knocked me out,” Mahomes said. “He’s a great player, Quandre, and I’m actually friends with him now and it’s something where in the heat of the moment there might have been an issue, but it’s football and we’re still guys coming from Texas who love playing the game.”
Diggs seem to share that attitude in his media opportunity Wednesday, when reporters asked Diggs if Mahomes had the potential to be the best ever.
“To me, Tom Brady’s going to be the best ever for my whole life,” Diggs said, via DetroitLions.com. “That’s just how it is. But the way Pat’s going, he’s just going to break every record in NFL history if he keeps this up. I love it though. He’s a Texas guy, and I always brag about Texas football in here, so I’m cool with that. As long as it’s not against us.”
Diggs was further complimentary about the Chiefs offense.
“One false step can cost you a touchdown,” safety Quandre Diggs said. “Against those guys you just have to be ready to go and we got to bring our track shoes.”
Mahomes and Diggs will have some catching up to do Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Lions in Detroit.
“That’s just the rivalry,” Mahomes said with a smile. “That’s Texas versus Texas Tech—we beat them every now and then, so when we do we like to puff our chest out a little bit.”
Chiefs fans hope that that extends to the pro level on Sunday.