Patrick Mahomes, the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes Sr., played baseball and football for Whitehouse High School and Texas Tech before being drafted into the NFL in 2017. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2018, and after his third professional season, he was named the Super Bowl MVP in 2020.
Later that year, he signed a record-breaking 10-year contract with the Chiefs worth an estimated $503 million. Mahomes, who is engaged to his high school sweetheart Brittany Matthews and expecting a child, is also an outspoken supporter of various charities and social justice initiatives. In February 2021, he will play in his second Super Bowl.
Early Life and Education
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II was born on September 17, 1995, in Tyler, Texas, to former Major League Baseball pitcher Patrick “Pat” Mahomes Sr. and event planner Randi Martin Mahomes. (Pat and Randi are no longer married, but they are still “friendly.”) Pat played for several MLB teams during his 11-year professional baseball career, so the family frequently lived in apartments and hotel rooms in cities where he played. The younger Mahomes, who is biracial, has stated that he is “proud to be Black” as well as “proud to have a white mother, too.”
Mahomes was the starting quarterback at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas, by his junior year, where he also excelled in baseball. He threw for 4,600 yards, 50 touchdowns, and only four interceptions his senior year, but college coaches still thought his future was in baseball. Mahomes was drafted in the 37th round by the Detroit Tigers after graduating from high school.
After turning down the offer, Mahomes enrolled at Texas Tech in 2014 and continued to play baseball with the expectation of entering the MLB draft again in the future. However, after a successful sophomore season as a starter on the football team, he shifted his focus and stopped playing baseball. Mahomes eventually decided to forego his senior year at Texas Tech in order to enter the NFL draft, but he still finished third in passing yards, touchdown passes, attempts, and completions. With 22 rushing touchdowns, he was also the school’s second all-time quarterback.
Mahomes was drafted as the 10th overall first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, and he made his professional football debut and first start against the Denver Broncos in December of that year. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 after becoming only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 passing yards in a single season. Mahomes was the first Chiefs player to win a league MVP award after leading the team to a 12-4 record.
Mahomes played in his first Super Bowl in February 2020, with the team ultimately winning the championship by a score of 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers. He was named Super Bowl LIV MVP and later that year agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Chiefs worth up to $503 million — the most lucrative contract in sports history.
Mahomes and the Chiefs have been selected to play in Super Bowl LV for the second year in a row. However, they were defeated 31-9 by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Social Justice Activism
Mahomes appeared in a viral Black Lives Matter video in July 2020, alongside fellow NFL players such as Saquon Barkley, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliott, and Deshaun Watson, among others. “I understand my platform,” he said in an August 2020 profile for GQ. “I’m in the middle of negotiating my next contract, to hopefully be a Kansas City Chief for a long time, but I still thought this was important enough and this was something that had to be said. I couldn’t sit back and worry about my next contract because I needed to use my platform to help. It’s not always about money. It’s not about celebrity. It’s all about doing the right thing.”
Soon after, he joined NBA superstar LeBron James’ More Than a Vote organization, where he assisted with voter registration and suppression efforts. He encouraged his more than 1.7 million Twitter followers to send him a screenshot of their registration confirmation in a July tweet. In the fall of that year, his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation split the cost of new voting machines in Kansas City with the Chiefs in preparation for the 2020 general election. Sports Illustrated named Mahomes the 2020 Sportsperson of the Year as a result of his activism.
During his sophomore year at Whitehouse High School in 2012, Mahomes began dating certified personal trainer Matthews. Mahomes went to Texas Tech, while Matthews played soccer at the University of Texas. Mahomes proposed to Matthews at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on the same day he received his Super Bowl LIV Champion ring in September 2020.
Weeks later, the couple announced that Matthews is expecting their first child, a girl, via social media. Sterling Skye, their daughter, was born on February 20, 2021.
The couple married on March 12, 2022. On May 29, 2022, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child, a boy. Patrick Lavon Mahomes III was born on November 28, 2022.