Over the weekend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce played in the American Celebrity Championship celebrity golf tournament, which took place on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.
While the two didn’t finish atop the leaderboard, they made headlines with their highjinks on the course — which culminated with Kelce giving Mahomes a “wet willie” while the quarterback was giving a television interview at the tournament’s conclusion.
But the tournament also gave sports media personalities an opportunity to talk to the Super Bowl MVP. Speaking to host Linda Cohn on ESPN’s flagship “SportsCenter” program, Mahomes said that he never expected to be the recipient of the new 12-year, $503 million contract he signed last week — but discounted the suggestion that he’s already one of the league’s all-time great players.
“It’s obviously premature — and obviously we have had a great start to my career,” he acknowledged. ”I am blessed to be in a great organization and have a great team around me, which has made the transition easier for me.”
Mahomes said that now, it’s about the next step.
“Now it is about stacking those years,” he explained. “It is about trying to find ways to get back to the Super Bowl — win those Super Bowl championships — and I think if I go out there every single year and I put my best effort forward, when I get to the end of my career I will be happy with where I am at.”
But when pressed, Mahomes wouldn’t say how many Super Bowls he could stack up.
“I don’t know if there is a number,” he said. ”Obviously, you try and chase greatness and Tom Brady has six. I am going to try and do whatever I can to get to that number. I understand how hard that is — how it was a one-of-a-kind thing for Tom to be able to get to nine Super Bowls and win six of them. I am just going to go about the process every single day of trying to make myself better and do whatever I can to make the Kansas City Chiefs better.”