Pat Mahomes is keeping Kansas City Chiefs and baseball fans alike up to date on the condition of his son, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will come nearly a month after Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in the Chiefs’ first playoff game. He was able to play in the Chiefs’ AFC Championship game victory and he’s had nearly two weeks to rest and rehab the ankle.
His father, a former Major League pitcher, talked with YES and the New York Post on a podcast and he had to field a question about his son’s condition.
He freely admits he may not be getting the whole truth from his ultra-competitive son.
“Well I think he’s improving every day,” Mahomes said. “Based on all the reports I’m getting from him, which he’s not gonna tell me the whole, full truth. But he said he’s getting better every day. Just general soreness and he feels like he’s going to be ready to go.”
The elder Mahomes didn’t play in college. He went the pro route immediately after graduating from Lindale (Texas) High School and signed with the Minnesota Twins.
His son chose to go to Texas Tech University and was recently inducted in the Texas Tech Hall of Fame and into the Ring of Honor.
The elder Mahomes said he was never sure if his son would be a superstar growing up, but he knows when he first realized he had a chance. It was in Lubbock.
“I thought he was making some really good progress there about his sophomore year there at Texas Tech,” Mahomes said. “And then I said, ‘Ok, he’s got a chance.’ But you know, being in an Air Raid system, the Big 12, the way they played, there had not been a lot of guys there that had been successful in the NFL.
“But, I knew the way he studied the tape, the way he retained information and some of the throws that he could make, I thought, ‘You know, maybe he has a chance to go up there (the NFL).’ I don’t think I figured it would happen as quickly as it happened, but I thought he would be all right once he figured it out.”
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