Mahomes will be greatest of all time

Cole Schmitt, Online Editor-in-Chief

Many debate the topic of who is the GOAT — greatest of all time — in terms of National Football League quarterbacks. Names such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Drew Brees and more are brought up. But 20 years from now when they all retire, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will clearly be accepted as the greatest of all time.

Based on resumes, Mahomes is nowhere near the likes of Brady, who has the best resume in the history of the NFL based off of appearances, Super Bowls, etc. But he doesn’t need to be yet. 

Let’s get the nonsense out of the way. Brady, at the moment, has accomplished the most. He has 10 Super Bowl appearances, six Super Bowl rings, and 14 conference championship appearances, all of which are the most by any player to ever play the game. 

In contrast, so far Mahomes has just one Super Bowl ring (maybe another one after Sunday’s game), two Super Bowl appearances, and three conference championship games. He’s 25 years old, which is more than 15 years younger than all the other quarterbacks I mentioned earlier. 

But let’s compare his resume as of his age now, to quarterbacks who are always in the GOAT debate. If he wins Sunday, he will have more Super Bowls than Rodgers and Brees. They’re out of the window. He would then have as many Manning and Elway. He would be two off of Montana and four off of Brady. In the span of the three years he has been a starter, he has the same, if not better, resume than some of the previous greats. Imagine what he will go on to do for the next 15 years — if not longer. 

Mahomes has many weapons. From Tyreek Hill to Travis Kelce to Mecole Hardman to Sammy Watkins, I think you get the point. And all of them besides Kelce are a year or two off of Mahomes’ age, so they are in for the long haul. Kelce is only 31, so he still has many more years left in his prime. 

All of these players seem to have no let up. There hasn’t ever been “drama” in the Chiefs locker room like there has been elsewhere. The team has fun. The team is very close to each other and playing the game together doesn’t seem like a job to them, more like a hobby. 

Some might argue that the Chiefs defense is going to slow the offense down, letting a lot of points up to lose games. But from what I see, the defense has been stronger and stronger each game, and might even end up being one of the best soon. They held the Browns to 17 points in the Division Championship and held Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and a very good Bills offense to 24 points and kept them in the endzone numerous times. From Chris Jones and Frank Clark on the line to Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary, they are young and staying around. 

All in all, the Kansas City Chiefs are in good hands, and when it’s all said and done, Patrick Mahomes will be the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. He will have more rings, appearances and passing yards than any other quarterback. He already has the resume of so-called “greats” at age 25 and he has years and years to prove that he will be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ain’t going anywhere, so get used to hearing “Run it back.”