Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has taken a new step outside of football to expand his reach in Kansas City.
The Super Bowl champion was announced as a new member of the ownership group for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
“We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise,” Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman said. “Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field.”
Fresh off a new 10-year deal that could earn the 24-year-old up to $503 million through 2031, Mahomes joins a group of Kansas City business leaders, led by Sherman, to become a minority owner of the MLB franchise.
The former league and Super Bowl MVP is no stranger to Major League Baseball, as he grew up around clubhouses while his dad, Pat Mahomes, pitched in the majors for 11 seasons.
“Consistent with the entirety of our ownership group, he has a deep commitment to Kansas City and a real passion for the game of baseball — dating back to his childhood,” Sherman said.
Royals manager Mike Matheny said he’s excited for the new partnership.
“I’m a fan of him. I don’t know if anybody’s ever watched him on the football field that’s not a fan of what he’s done,” Matheny said. “To watch him as an ambassador for the community, he’s just done so many things right.”
Mahomes, who some are now calling the king of Kansas City, said he’s honored to join the Royals’ ownership group.
“I love this city and the people of this great town,” Mahomes said in a statement. “This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I’m excited to do.”
Mahomes has established a championship culture for the Chiefs, and Sherman said he hopes the quarterback can help do the same for the Royals.
“He’s proven himself to be one of the top professional athletes and competitors anywhere,” Sherman said. “We look forward to many years of a winning partnership.”
Mahomes was once a pro baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.