Mahomes: Brady’s visit meant a lot to me

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Patrick Mahomes recalled the time when Tom Brady visited him after his team lost to Brady in 2018.
  • Mahomes said that Brady’s encouragement was something he cherished as he aims to improve his game.
  • Mahomes’ City Chiefs will be playing against Brady’s Buccaneers on Sunday for the Super Bowl LV.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes recalled in an interview that while he was dealing with his defeat in the locker room about two years ago, he got a visit from none other than Tom Brady.

That moment happened when the Chiefs lost to New England Patriots, Brady’s team then, during the 2018 AFC Championship Game.

Brady offered some encouragement back then for Mahomes. He said that Brady’s gesture and motivation really mattered to him.

“It was important because it showed I was doing things the right way,” Mahomes said as his team prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV showdown against Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

“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 better in order to get to the Super Bowl.”

Growing up, Mahomes witnessed how the 43-year-old Brady led the Patriots in winning championships. He lauded Brady’s game and said that there’s a lot that can be learned from him.

“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,” The 25-year-old quarterback said when asked what talents Brady possessed that he would like to imitate.

“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,” Mahomes added.

A victory on Sunday would give him four Super Bowl titles, and he would only need two more to tie Brady’s six titles. 

Like Brady, who has been in the league since 2000, Mahomes would love to play in the NFL for as long as he can.

“I have to take care of my body as much as I take care of everything else on the field. If you want to play this sport for a long time, how physical as it is, you have to invest as much time into your body as you do anything else.”

Source: ESPN.com

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