Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes showed his respect and appreciation for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as he has claimed that he doesn't consider himself on the six-time Super Bowl champion's level just yet.
Mahomes, who was named the NFL MVP in 2018 and the Super Bowl MVP last season, is putting himself in a strong position to one day end up as the greatest player of all time. This Sunday, Mahomes and Brady will go head-to-head when the Buccaneers host the Chiefs.
"He's someone that's a global star," Mahomes said of Brady, per ESPN. "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 impressed by Brady's gesture
Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to the playoffs in his first season as a starter, fell just short of outclassing Brady in the AFC Championship Game in 2019 January.
As Mahomes was leaving the stadium disappointed following a 37-31 overtime loss, Brady grabbed Mahomes to tell him a few things. "He just grabbed me after the game," Mahomes said. "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." A year later, Mahomes returned to the postseason and this time he led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
"[Brady] came by the locker room, and I just can't tell you how much I appreciated that. And Patrick did, too," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "It was a respect thing. I just really thought that was great. That was a tough game.
He just said, 'Hey, keep being you and things are gonna work out.' And I think that just those simple words -- that's big for a young guy to hear, especially from somebody that great."