The Case For Mahomes
In his first year as a starter Mahomes lit the NFL world on fire. He became only the second player in history to have over 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns. He became the second youngest player to ever win MVP at the time.
Mahomes followed up his MVP season with another remarkable year in 2019. His stats weren’t as impressive as he “only” passed for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns. He did, however, lead three consecutive comebacks in the playoffs after being down by double digits. No other quarterback has ever accomplished that. The final comeback led to a Super Bowl LIV championship. Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP making him the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history as well as the youngest quarterback to ever win both an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl.
His career is short but if you play every year at a Hall of Fame caliber then you’re a Hall of Fame player.
The Case Against Mahomes
He has only started for two years but has all the accolades and statistics of a Hall of Fame quarterback.
In the modern era of the NFL, the shortest career to make the Hall of Fame is Gale Sayers whose career was essentially five seasons. Mahomes has played half of that time frame.
How do we know what Mahomes will look like this the rest of his career? Quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III started their careers with a bang but eventually fizzled out. Mahomes could follow that same path.
Is Mahomes a Current Hall of Famer?
To put it simply, no. If Patrick Mahomes retired today he would not make the Hall of Fame. His career has arguably been the most exciting in sports history through the first three years. A two year starter just is not Hall of Fame worthy. However, if he plays at this level for a mere two more years then he will develop into a lock for a gold jacket.
The list is staggering for Mahomes: MVP, Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, newfound partial owner of the Kansas City Royals, and he brought Whataburger to Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes is not a current Hall of Famer but he is well on his way to locking up that eternal status.
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