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Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes a role model for America’s youth

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 11: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) reviews plays on a table with Patrick Mahomes (15) in the fourth quarter of an NFL week 1 preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The 49ers won 27-17. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 11: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) reviews plays on a table with Patrick Mahomes (15) in the fourth quarter of an NFL week 1 preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The 49ers won 27-17. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Patrick Mahomes has done everything the right way since being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He is quickly becoming someone to look up to.

Since being drafted 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, Patrick Mahomes has not only impressed on the field but off of it as well. In an era of protests, anger, division, and hate, Mahomes has been a bright light for not only the NFL but sports in general.

There is a good chance the Kansas City Chiefs struck gold with Patrick Mahomes as far as his on the field talent. It’s an added bonus that they have clearly struck gold with his off the field presence.

By now you have heard about his strong arm and ability to make plays. You’ve probably heard about his no-look passes and his football instincts. What might be overshadowed is Patrick Mahomes, the man.

Mahomes was drafted with the idea that he would take over the quarterback duties from Alex Smith sooner than later. Still, he sat idly by during the 2017 season as Alex Smith played his final season in Kansas City. There was never any moans or growls, never any animosity between the two as both Patrick and Alex handled the situation perfectly.

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Mahomes showed respect for the man that he was eventually going to replace and vise versa. He waited for his opportunity patiently, and when it came he made the most of it. He did so while staying out of the shining lights of the NFL even though every other Chiefs article written was about him.

There were no stories of drunken parties or mischief, no negative mentions from his peers, no attitude, and absolutely zero negative press.

Since his rookie campaign he has continued to say and do all the right things. His focus is to bring a championship to a city that has embraced him, and is now leaning on him. He has attended local sporting events from Nascar to throwing out the first pitch at a Royals game.

Recently it was made known that he refused to accept any endorsements as a backup, and furthermore, didn’t want to accept them until he has proven himself worthy. This speaks volumes as to the morals, values, and state of mind that Mahomes has.

In a business where many sports figures are considered divas and entitled, Mahomes stands out as an individual that wants to earn his money. He refuses to accept any participation trophies.

As the dark cloud of anthem protests and human rights swallow the league, it is a second year quarterback that has become the black sheep.  He doesn’t care about personal stats, he wants his team to win, because football is a team game. Each players actions has an either positive or negative affect on those around them.

In the society we now live in, a player refusing to take money before earning it has had its share of hate. He’s been called an idiot for not taking the endorsement money. Had he done so, those same people would have called him out as the entitled sports figure in America today.

There are those that find ways to criticize JJ Watt for all his humanitarian help in the last couple years. These things make a person question how much hate is actually in the world today. Can we not be happy for someone? Can we not respect a man for wanting to help others or earn his keep, so to say?

For a young man to come into a rookie contract and not lose his head is becoming somewhat of a rarity. Though Mahomes comes off as cocky from time to time, that cockiness can be mistaken for confidence. As confdent as he is in his own abilities, he stays humble, and anyone who tries to make that a negative thing has a few screws loose.

If you are a young man or woman in the sports world, Mahomes is someone you can look to as a person and a player. He quite possibly might be the next big thing in professional sports, yet if you saw him on the street, you wouldn’t know it.

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America needs more young men like Pat, professional sports needs more young people that value their talents instead of being the entitled brats we so often see. Kansas City should be proud of the man he is, and the quarterback they have.