It all seems so easy for Patrick Mahomes. Zoning out all the chaos around him, he looks up, spots a runner, and throws a perfect pass into his teammates hands. When not in the mood for the pass, Patrick Mahomes possesses the ability to start a solo run and score.
Mahomes proved to be the final piece of the puzzle as the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV – the team’s first Super Bowl victory since 1970. In 2020, the Chiefs tied him down to a 10-year contract worth over half-a-billion dollars.
Patrick’s parents are always on the stands cheering on the superstar. Let’s find out more about Patrick Mahomes’ parents.
Patrick’s African American dad Pat and his Caucasian mom Randi divorved when Patrick was young but they remained close
Patrick Mahomes was born on 17th September 1995 to Randi and Pat Mahomes. The couple divorced when Patrick was six, but they remained close to raise Patrick. “His mom and I are still best friends,” Pat told Tyler Today.
Randi identified Patrick’s star potential when he was seven years old. He wanted Patrick to pursue his athletic dreams, but she also wanted him to make it through to college. Randi and Pat didn’t go to college, and she wanted Patrick to better his parents’ scholarly achievements. Randi told Tyler Today:
“He started getting college credits at Tyler Junior College while he was still in high school. I admit I am a proud mom. I am very proud of his athletic achievements. However, I am more proud of his scholastic accomplishments.”
Randi also convinced Mahomes to remain in football when he wanted to quit. In junior year of high school, doubts about football plagued Mahome’s mind, but Randi assured him that he was in the right path. “He came to me that summer wanting to quit football, but I just said you’re going to regret if you quit,” Randi told Fox4.
Randi and Pat are almost always in the stands cheering on Patrick. She describes her son’s achievements as a blessing and regularly expresses joy that her son is living the dream. Randi told KSHB that Patrick’s success can sometimes be overwhelming:
“He’s gotten to actually live a dream. So, you know, we take it – I take it one day at a time and try to enjoy it. It is a little overwhelming.”
Patrick almost followed his dad into Major League Baseball but in the end he chose football over baseball
Pat Mahomes spent over a decade playing Major League Baseball. It inspired Patrick’s love for the sport as he played baseball in high school and college. He was so good that he’d already been contacted by Major League Baseball teams. However, he also played football and was also exceptional at it. Pat tried to influence his son to choose baseball, but in the end, Patrick opted for football. Pat told USA Today:
“I was trying to keep him from playing football. But then his junior year in high school, he said he wanted to try this quarterback thing and see where it took him… Well, I’ve got to admit, he made the right choice.”
Nevertheless, Pat played a crucial role in helping Patrick develop into the phenomenal player he is today. By observing his dad conduct himself as a sports professional, Patrick knew what to do to adapt to playing on the grand stage. Patrick told The Kansas City Star:
“He gives me advice about how he transitioned into becoming a pro athlete and the work that you actually have to put into it. Not a lot of people see that when you’re growing up. You don’t get to see that people really have to work hard to become as good as they are. So, for me seeing that as a young age as I’ve grown up, has shown me that I have to work just as hard to get to that level.”
Pat reminds Mahomes to remain humble no matter how much he achieves. “I want him to stay humble; That means a lot to me,” Randi told KSHB 41. “I always encourage him to pray and to thank God for his blessings that he has and his abilities.”