Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows he’ll be in good company this weekend when his side faces Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 25-year-old had nothing but positive sentiments about his weekend opponent, someone analysts can’t stop comparing him with.
When Patrick Mahomes was asked about comparisons to Brady and being the next face of the league- "I don't know if I'm on his level yet. He's a global star, and so for me I just try and be myself." #ChiefsKingdom #GoBucs
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Via ESPN: “He’s someone that’s a global star. For me, I just try to be myself and go out there every single day and put in the work and try to win football games. All that other stuff kind of comes with it. For me, I just try to be a normal guy and live it up with my teammates and have fun doing it.”
Mahomes also brought up the conversation he and the six-time Super Bowl champion had following 2018’s AFC Championship match, where he got the best of the Chiefs and went on to win his final title with the New England Patriots. For the then-sophomore starter, Brady’s remarks still ring true for Mahomes today.
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“He just grabbed me after the game,” the Texas native continued. “I was kind of leaving the stadium, and they had obviously been celebrating going to the Super Bowl. He just talked about how he respected how I did everything the right way and stuff like that. It’s just cool to have a guy of that stature who’s won championships it seems like year in and year out that has respect for your game as much as you have respect for his. It was definitely a cool experience that I was able to know that I was doing things the right way early in my career.”
Mahomes Also Discussed Brady’s Move To Tampa
Brady shocked the nation in March when he announced that after two decades in Foxborough, he’d be taking his talents down south to Florida. Mahomes called the move “surprising,” but didn’t discredit the veteran for doing what’s best for him and his career. In fact, the father-to-be lauded head coach Bruce Arians for recruiting such a sought-after talent after many of years dominating the AFC East.
When asked whether or not the change in jerseys would be a difficult adjustment, Mahomes earnestly said regardless of who Brady suits up for, he’s ready for the challenge.
“I don’t think it’s going to feel very much different. It’s still a very good football team that’s playing really good football and winning a lot of football games. So we know it’s going to be a great challenge for us, and we’re excited for it.”
Chiefs Open as Slight Favorites vs. Tampa Bay
This should come as some good news for Chiefs Kingdom. Kansas City has a slight edge over the Bucs when they march into Raymond James Stadium this Sunday. Per Odds Shark, Mahomes & company are a 2.5 point favorite to take down the NFC powerhouse.
Mahomes might be having another MVP-caliber year, one where it’s almost certain he’ll walk away with his second award in three years. However, it’s best to never underestimate Brady when he’s up against pressure. As the 43-year-old said on Monday, he’s gearing up to play “really well against a great football team.”