Opinion: Patrick Mahomes adds layers to definition of what it means to be an ‘impact’ player

We know Patrick Mahomes is a major baller.

When the reigning Super Bowl MVP torched the New York Jets last weekend for 416 yards and 5 TDs, it was pretty much more of the same. I mean, the guy has been a starter for 2½ seasons and when the Carolina Panthers visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday there’s a really good chance that the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will hit milestones for 12,000 yards and 100 TD passes.

Yet Mahomes’ most significant marker this week added a layer to the historic Election Day as he split the six-figure cost with the Chiefs and team owner Clark Hunt’s family to buy the new voting machines that were needed to secure Arrowhead Stadium as a voting site.

What a buff move for a man who has had a pretty amazing 2020, despite the pandemic.

He used his platform as Kansas City’s most popular citizen to help urge and facilitate voting.

Go ahead, young man. Don’t stick to sports.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been a force on and off the field. (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)

“I thought Arrowhead was the perfect place for it and the Chiefs were all on board with it,” Mahomes, 25, told Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche on their “Huddle & Flow” podcast.

What makes Arrowhead so perfect? Mahomes mentioned the love, fun and unity that exists at one of the NFL’s liveliest venues – which gets even better when the Chiefs are winning.

Mahomes would not be deterred when informed by the Kansas City Election Board of the need for machines. Through his Mahomies Foundation, he worked with the Chiefs to ensure machines that are now in place to be used for several years.

Hey, Chiefs coach Andy Reid cast his ballot at Arrowhead on Tuesday.

Andy Reid and Mark Donovan cast their ballots this morning at Arrowhead Stadium! #ElectionDaypic.twitter.com/OT98OZEtjV

And Mahomes – whose year beyond winning the Super Bowl has included an engagement, a record, $503 million contract extension, the purchase of an ownership stake in the MLB Kansas City Royals, involvement in the NFL’s response to the social unrest following the death of George Floyd – even received some write-in votes for President according to social media users claiming as much.

He is steadily changing the definition of what it means to be an impact player.

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