Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes believes Tom Brady visiting him after the 2018 AFC Championship Game showed that he was doing things right. After bearing the Chiefs in overtime, Brady came to Mahomes to cheer him up and give him a few words of encouragement.
Two years later, Mahomes and Brady are set to face off in the Super Bowl LV. "It was important because it showed I was doing things the right way,'' Mahomes said, per ESPN. "As a young quarterback in this league, you show up early and you try to put in the time and put in the work.
... Him saying that he respected what I was doing and how I was playing on the field and the type of person I was, it kind of put a stamp on me that I needed to go in and even be even better in order to get to the Super Bowl.'
Mahomes and Brady have the similar mentality
Brady is a six-time Super Bowl and he is considered by many as the greatest to have ever played the game. But many think that Mahomes has a real shot at becoming the greatest of all time.
"He's the same way I am," Mahomes said. "He's going to leave everything he has on the field every single time he's out there. He doesn't care what it takes. He doesn't care if he has to throw for 400 yards or if he has to throw for 100 yards.
He wants to win. I feel like I have the same mentality. I just want to win no matter what happens or how it happens." Brady is 43 years old, while Mahomes is 25. "There's a ton," Mahomes said when asked what talents Brady has that he would like to put into his own game.
"The way he's able to dissect defenses before the snap is something I truly admire. I'm trying to get to that level. The way he's able to move within the pocket and be able to reset his feet and be completely calm and still make the throw right on the money no matter who's around him is something I can continue to work on.
As I continue in my career, I'm just going to try to do whatever I can to watch the tape on him because he's doing it the right way. You can tell by how many Super Bowl championships he has and the rings on his fingers."