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If you watched Texas Tech’s win over Michigan State to book their trip to the national championship game, you probably saw Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes supporting his alma mater from the bleachers. What you didn’t see was the speech Mahomes apparently gave before the game.

As ESPN’s Courtney Cronin chronicled, Mahomes met with the Texas Tech basketball team after their Saturday film session and gave a speech that was described as “turnt.”

“It was great,” redshirt senior Norense Odiase said, per ESPN. “He was excited. You could see his blood rushing, veins popping. He was turnt. Travis Kelce was there as well. It was a blessing to have those guys come.”

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So what was Mahomes’ message?

“He came in our film session, and he said he’s proud of us,” sophomore Davide Moretti said. “We did something that nobody [at Texas Tech] has done before. He was cheering for us, and he said that we’ve got this because he knows how hard we play and how hard we’ve worked for it. He’ll cheer his butt off for us.”

Mahomes played quarterback at Texas Tech from 2014-16, during which he threw for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns. After his college career, he was drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent his rookie year on the bench behind Alex Smith, but took over as the team’s starter this past season. He wound up becoming the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a single season, capturing MVP honors, and nearly leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.

“Big time. He’s going to be a future Hall of Famer,” senior Brandone Francis said. “To me, maybe, one of the best quarterbacks out there. Him and Tom Brady, those are the top ones. It just feels amazing for him to take his time and come here and show love and support — we all appreciate him. Shout out to you, Pat.”

Mahomes appeared to enjoy his school’s win on Saturday:

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, likely did not enjoy watching his alma mater fall short in a big moment.

Texas Tech went on to defeat Michigan State, 61-51, setting up a title game matchup with Virginia. You can watch the championship game on CBS at 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday.
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Every year, the NFL world judges quarterback prospects based on all kinds of traits. There’s accuracy, pocket presence, ability to read defenses, touch, velocity, how they navigate blitzes and pressure, and of course, arm strength. Over the past several years, two quarterbacks lauded for the latter trait are Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, whose scouting reports each contained phrases along the lines of “best arm strength of any prospect in years.”

Mahomes had more success during his first season as a starter than Allen, but both players certainly showed off their arm strength during the 2018 campaign. In fact, Allen actually completed the longest pass of the season, per NFL.com’s NextGen Stats.

Earlier this offseason, Allen floated the idea that he and Mahomes should engage in a longest throw competition to determine who really has the stronger arm. Mahomes seemingly accepted on Twitter, but not officially. Until this week.

“Josh is a great dude, but no one that I’ve known has been able to throw a ball farther than me,” Mahomes said, via Alex Brasky of the Batavia Daily News. “I’ve never seen Josh throw in person but maybe next offseason we can set something up. Hopefully I can get him to come down to Kansas City, and we can do something for charity. It’s going to take at least 85 yards to win (the throw-off).”

So … this would be pretty cool! If either Mahomes or Allen can really throw the ball 85 damn yards, that would be pretty ridiculous. I want to see this happen. Let’s make it happen.
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The country can’t get enough of Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The third-year signal caller and reigning NFL MVP has deservingly garnered his fair share of attention this offseason, and that continued on Monday night as Mahomes joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

Mahomes talked about a variety of topics with Fallon, from his remarkable first season as Kansas City’s starter to Texas Tech’s appearance in the Final Four. Fallon even thanked Mahomes for winning his fantasy football championship.

As always, Mahomes downplayed his incredible campaign – which included 50 passing touchdowns and 5,097 yards – by giving credit to others, but Fallon summed up Mahomes’ year in one word as he broke down the 23-year-old’s first real season under center: “Wow.”

But it wasn’t all banter, as Mahomes had an announcement to make.

“I’m lucky enough to have a platform to start a great foundation called ’15 and the Mahomies,'” Mahomes said. “It’s a foundation that’s designed all around kids – those from either underserved communities that don’t get the same opportunities that I had when I was young or those that are in the hospital that have chronic illnesses or have suffered major injuries. Those kids train harder than me by 100 times every single day. I want to make sure that I can give back to them in any shape or way to get them the resources that they need to have an amazing life.”

Watch the interview by clicking here, and check out Mahomes’ foundation at 15andthemahomies.org.

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