Mahomes would be drafted from Texas Tech University in 2017 and while it seems like selecting him for your team would have been a no-brainer, he wasn’t initially picked. According to Insider, nine NFL teams chose to pass on the quarterback before the Chiefs selected him. Those teams include the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Mahomes’ impressive NFL run isn’t just centered around his stats on the field or the Super Bowl he has won. He is breaking barriers by being an active Black quarterback. The role of quarterback has notoriously been held by white players, but Mahomes has become a role model for players of all races.
In an interview with ESPN, he shared, “The best thing about it is you’re showing kids that no matter where you grow up, what race you are, that you can achieve your dream. He continued, “For me, being a black quarterback — having a black dad and a white mom — it just shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baseball player or basketball player, follow your dreams.”