Patrick Mahomes is back slinging passes for the Kansas City Chiefs. Saturday was the first session of training camp for the AFC champions.
So get your cheer on. Football season is starting, which means official kickoff is only weeks away.
The Chiefs social media team tweeted a clip of Patrick Mahomes. He throws such a sweet ball. The tweet said “Back at it.” (Yes!) Mahomes reported Friday with the team’s rookies. The rest of the veterans hit camp, Monday.
The Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, have plenty of motivation for the season. And the main goal is winning the Super Bowl again. They came into Covid-plagued 2020 as the defending Super Bowl champions. But Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thumped Kansas City, 31-9, in the Super Bowl this past February. The Chiefs offensive line was decimated by injuries. And Mahomes struggled, mightily. He completed 26 of his 49 attempts for only 270 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown and the Tampa Bay defense intercepted him twice.
Life of Patrick Mahomes Changed Dramatically After Super Bowl
But since the Super Bowl, the life of the 25-year-old Mahomes also has changed dramatically. He and his fiancee, Brittany Matthews, welcomed baby girl Sterling Skye. She was born two weeks after the Super Bowl. The couple shared family photos throughout the football offseason. They’re also planning their 2022 wedding. Mahomes and Matthews have been together since high school back home in East Texas. Patrick Mahomes moved across the state for college to play football for Texas Tech. Matthews stayed at home, playing soccer for the University of Texas-Tyler. She joined Mahomes in Kansas City when the Chiefs selected him with the 10th pick of the 2018 draft.
Training camp may revolve around Mahomes’ toe. He had it surgically repaired after the Super Bowl and days before the birth of his daughter. Mahomes suffered the injury in a win over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round of the playoffs. He played with turf toe for two games. What’s turf toe? It sounds benign, but it’s a painful sprain of the big toe.
Mahomes and other veterans who dealt with injuries during the off-season reported to Chiefs training camp with the rookies three days before the rest of the team. Mahomes said he worked out with a personal trainer and threw passes with his receivers during organized team activities. He said his toe is good to go.
“That’s what was so good (about) going to OTAs and doing those things,” Patrick Mahomes told reporters during a training camp press conference. “I tested it there, realized I was good, and when I got back with Bobby (personal trainer) and started training in the offseason with him, I was able to do what I would normally do.”
And we know that a “normal” Patrick Mahomes is dazzling.