KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes II showed just how to execute a game plan throughout his first season as a starter.
Surrounded by a bevy of talent and the mind of Andy Reid, he churned out a 5,000-yard, 50 touchdown season that helped Kansas City host the AFC Championship game.
Heading into the NFL offseason, and across the country, as the NFL MVP, Kansas City’s franchise quarterback took the same approach into handling himself as one of the biggest faces in sports.
“I’ve surrounded myself with a lot of great people in my agency and in this facility that we know what kind of person that I want to be seen as, what kind of person I actually am,” Mahomes told reporters upon arrival to offseason workouts Monday in Kansas City. “I want to make sure that I align myself with people that are on that same page. I’m excited I can just keep building my brand along the lines of what the Kansas City Chiefs do, and I feel like it’s a great match that we’re all together and we all have the same vision ahead.”
When named the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Mahomes and his team waited to jump into the spotlight. After one of the greatest seasons by an NFL quarterback, Mahomes is everywhere.
From sunglass giant Oakley to Call of Duty, commercials promotion ketchup and Adidas, to the launching of his foundation ‘15 And The Mahomies’, the 23-year-old Texas Tech product used his first offseason since becoming a started to establish his personal brand. He did hits on national television in New York and soaked in a trip to watch his alma mater in the Final Four with his star tight end Travis Kelce.
For a guy who is one of the stars of the league in his own right, Kelce has never seen anything like the right-handed, bicep-flexing gunslinger who accompanied him to Minneapolis.
“I’ve never been around a guy with that much stardom everywhere he goes,” Kelce said. “It’s cool because he’s laid back, appreciates the opportunities to meet everyone. It’s fun to see him in that environment.”
Before Mahomes left Kansas City to train in Texas, and around the country, for the offseason, Andy Reid offered his advice to his newfound star under center.
“There can be too much, because everybody is going to want you and that is part of that. So how you manage that, select and manage that, I think is important,” Reid said. “I thought they narrowed it down to where it was manageable. They kept me abreast to what they were doing. I thought he handled it well.
“He is in good shape. You have to kick him out of the gym.”
Before he even flipped the switch into offseason mode, Mahomes was ready to begin a trek toward Super Bowl 54.
“I was itching the day after the AFC Championship Game to get back to football. Watching the Super Bowl, I kind of watched it but at the same time I couldn’t watch it because I was so disappointed that we weren’t there.
“When you’re that close, you want to get back in the building and get right back after it.”
Hill present for offseason workouts
Tyreek Hill was present for the opening phase of the Chiefs’ offseason workout program Monday.
Reid said he had a chance to speak with the team’s No. 1 wide receiver after he arrived at the team’s practice facility on Monday.
His arrival comes after Overland Park police, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office and the Kansas Department for Children and Families confirmed they are investigating alleged incidents of battery and child abuse or neglect involving Hill at his home.
“We’re full steam ahead,” Reid said.
The investigations remain ongoing and no charges have been filed.
“I’m not there to judge on that,” Reid said. “That’s what’s taking place now. I’m here to coach.”