Patrick Mahomes says it was a “no brainer” for him to get into non-fungible tokens given the recent rise of the digital assets.
The star NFL quarterback sat down with CNBC on Friday to discuss “The Museum of Mahomes,” which is set to launch March 17 on MakersPlace, a digital art selling platform.
In the interview, Mahomes said he got into NFTs in order to “find another way to connect with my fans.” The Kansas City Chiefs star is teaming up with a group of artists who call themselves The Impossible Brief to put on an NFT sale.
There will be six different art pieces for sale in the digital “museum” ranging in price from $2,500 to up to $15,000. The virtual exhibit will also include one mystery item that has yet to be priced.
Ten signed helmets and jerseys will be given away to randomly selected winners who take part in the sale as well.
Mahomes will donate part of the proceeds to his foundation, called “15 and the Mahomies”, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri.
The Kansas City Chiefs star said he wants to do what he can to find “another asset” for fans to buy as a way to connect with players.
When asked whether or not he would buy into NFTs himself, the star quarterback said he would have “at least one of them.”
Mahomes said buying the NFT would be like Lebron James buying his own Rookie Card.
Lebron’s rookie card, in physical form, sold for $1.8 million in 2020 at Goldin Auctions and is the most expensive basketball card ever purchased.
NFTs have been the talk of the town of late after a work from the digital artists Beeple sold for a record $69 million in a Christie’s auction on Thursday.
The NFT market witnessed 299% year-over-year growth in 2020, according to a study from a PNB Paribas subsidiary. With Mahomes entering the market in 2021 and high dollar sales piling up the growth trend for NFTs may very well be set to continue going forward.
Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation since becoming the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 25-year-old helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl and took home Super Bowl MVP. This, after winning MVP in 2018 with a 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown season in his first year as a starter. Now he has the Chiefs one win away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls.
Mahomes’ journey mirrors Stephen Curry’s in the NBA – Mahomes was the son of a major league pitcher and grew up with unbelievable arm talent. After an offer to play pro baseball, Mahomes chose football, rose to college stardom, climbed up draft boards, and got taken in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Chiefs.
In three short years, he has broken records, won at the highest level, and become the most exciting player to watch in the NFL with his huge arm and knack for creating highlight plays.
Here’s how Mahomes went from a possible baseball star to the face of the NFL.
In two years as a starter, Patrick Mahomes has broken records, won MVP, a Super Bowl, and a Super Bowl MVP. Not bad for somebody who could have played baseball.
Mahomes seems to have been born with a good arm. Mahomes’ father, Pat, was a major league pitcher, playing for six different teams.
Mahomes grew up in Texas with his mother (his parents split when he was six). He was a multi-sport athlete but excelled at baseball.
Mahomes quickly outgrew the typical venues for kids to play sports.
According to The Ringer’s Kevin Clark, Mahomes’ arm became too strong for backyard catches with his dad. By the time he was 10, he could throw from home plate over the center field wall on a baseball field, a distance estimated to be 200-220 feet.
Mahomes was a football and baseball star in high school, though he considered quitting football to focus on baseball.
He eventually won a competition for the starting quarterback job in high school over his good friend. He wowed teammates and coaches right away with his arm and improvisation.
Despite a 50-touchdown season his senior year, Mahomes was lightly scouted in football because of his raw talents, late start, and lack of participation in football camps.
He told Wickersham that he never really got his name out on the football circuit.
Still, he turned down the chance to go play baseball. Mahomes told Mellinger that he told teams he wanted a $2.5 million bonus to play baseball, a number he made up to dissuade teams. He still was drafted in the 37th round by the Detroit Tigers.
Mahomes ended up at Texas Tech and got some luck his freshman year when starting quarterback Davis Webb got injured. Mahomes had 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as a freshman.
He broke out the following season, throwing for over 4,000 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He continued to improve his junior year, throwing over 5,000 yards with 41 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He set the NCAA record with 819 total yards of offense in a loss to Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma.
When Mahomes declared for the NFL draft after his junior year, he was projected as a mid-round pick.
However, his draft stock grew throughout the process, as he was eventually considered a second- or first-round pick.
The Chiefs were enamored with Mahomes, with Mike Veach, now the Chiefs GM, forming a tight bond with Mahomes’ agent before the draft. Veach kept daily tabs on Mahomes, gauging his market and figuring out ways to get Mahomes.
“There were a couple of throws early on in his rookie year. There was one where he was staring at the sideline, and he just flicked it right over Justin Houston’s head. That was the big one. That was the one where other coaches started noticing. I was working with him, and [former Chiefs OC and current Bears coach Matt Nagy] and some of the other coaches had seen it. But once he started to do that everyone said, ‘Oh, he’s really doing this.'”
In the offseason, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins, ushering in the Mahomes era.
Mahomes impressed in training camp, but there were concerns about the high number of interceptions he was throwing. Perhaps an up-and-down rookie year was in the cards.
That perception changed almost immediately once the regular season began.
In Mahomes’ first three games, he threw for nearly 900 yards, with 13 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 137 passer rating, while leading the Chiefs to a 3-0 record. They began the season 9-1, with Mahomes throwing for 31 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.
In the process, Mahomes produced some jaw-dropping highlights.
Mahomes is also a next-level athlete in his ability to take in information around him.
Chiefs backup quarterback Matt Moore told Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg that Mahomes has an uncanny ability to see the entire field.
“It’s something I’ve never done,” Moore said. “When the ball leaves my hand, I’m looking at the target and making sure we hit it. The ball will literally leave his hand, and he’ll just find where the other guys are. His spatial awareness is off the charts. He knows where everybody is at, at all times — with every concept, with every coverage. It’s really amazing.”
The Chiefs finished the season 12-4, 1st in the AFC, while Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards, with 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, and winning MVP.
The Chiefs lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship in 2018, but Mahomes still finished the game with 295 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After the game, Mahomes got some sage advice from Tom Brady.
“The biggest thing he said was, ‘Stay with the process and be who you are.’ He didn’t want me to change at all. He wanted me to go out there and take advantage of every single day. When you hear it from a guy like that, who’s had the success at the level that he’s had for his entire career, you know you’ve got to take advantage of every single day if you want to be great … I used that to just make sure that I did everything to prepare to be in this moment now — and not be sitting at home.”
Mahomes didn’t top his 2018 numbers in the 2019 season, but he heeded Brady’s advice and saved his best for last – the playoffs.
In the first two games of the playoffs, Mahomes helped the Chiefs back from double-digit deficits, all while playing nearly perfect, completing 65% of his passes for 615 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.
Mahomes may have struggled in his first Super Bowl, but he came through in the end. Trailing by 10, on 3rd-and-15 with 7:13 remaining, Mahomes completed a game-changing, 44-yard pass to Tyreek Hill.