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Would Patrick Mahomes be a Hall of Famer if he retired after this season?

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts before the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on January 24, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts before the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on January 24, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Hall of Fame Comparisons

Here is where the fun begins as we see how Patrick Mahomes stacks up to some Hall of Fame players.

Let’s start off with one who was considered a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback when he retired: Peyton Manning. This is where Mahomes seems small by comparison as of this year.

Manning’s resumé includes 14 Pro Bowls, five MVP awards, four Super Bowl appearances, two Super Bowl victories, and one Super Bowl MVP. When you top that with all his records in passing yards and touchdowns in a game, season, and career Mahomes just seems so far behind, but obviously that’s not totally fair, as Manning played from 1998-2015 and Mahomes is only in year four (and year three as a starter).

What about a quarterback who wasn’t such an obvious first-ballot Hall of Famer? Let’s get talking about former Rams and Cardinals quarterback, Kurt Warner. Warner accumulated four Pro Bowls, three Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl win, and two MVPs.

This is a much closer comparison to Mahomes, as Mahomes is even on pace to surpass Warner’s passing stats within the next few seasons. However, Hall of Fame voters had concerns over Warner’s longevity in the league, as he only started a game for the first time when he was 28. This is important to take into account as we are pretending Mahomes is going to retire at 25.

Lastly, I want to compare Mahomes to a current NFL quarterback who is considered a sure thing in the Hall of Fame but isn’t done with his career. And no, I’m not talking about Brady, we are talking about the other member of the insurance commercial duo Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers is also closer to Mahomes, as Rodgers has one Super Bowl Appearance, win, and MVP. He does have nine Pro Bowls and two MVP seasons (soon to be three, more than likely) to best Mahomes. Of course, Rodgers’ career passing stats are well above Mahomes as he has been in the league for over a decade longer than Mahomes, but the more I look at these stats the more I know I will see Mahomes in a gold jacket one day.