Pat Mahomes kept getting asked about himself, and he kept answering about Andy Reid.
After rallying the Chiefs to the Super Bowl championship Sunday, the 24-year-old Mahomes spoke at length about the 61-year-old Reid and how much it meant for him to help Big Red get his first title in his 21st season as a head coach.
I had two goals when I became the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the first goal was to win the Lamar Hunt trophy (as AFC champions)," Mahomes said on the post-game interview podium. "I wanted to bring it home, the one that has our founder's name on it. I wanted to bring it to this family and this organization. And the second-most important thing was to get coach Reid a Super Bowl trophy. He's one of the greatest coaches of all time. I don't think he needed the Lombardi Trophy to prove that. But just to do that, it puts all doubt aside, and he's going to be listed as one of the all-time great coaches in history whenever he wants to be done, which I hope is not anytime soon.
Mahomes became the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history, and Reid became the longest-tenured head coach in NFL history to win his first Super Bowl title.
Reid, whose teams had lost a record nine postseason games as a favorite, coached brilliantly in Super Bowl 54 in Miami, and his ability to help keep Mahomes poised and calm and pointed in the right direction despite a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter was huge.
He’s one of the best coaches of all time," Mahomes said. "He already was before we won this game, but we wanted to get that trophy just because he deserved it. The work that he puts in day in and day out. He's there at like 3 in the morning, and he leaves at 11. I don't think he sleeps. I've tried to beat him in, and I never can. He's someone that works harder than anyone I've ever known, and he deserves it. I'm glad we were able to go out there and get that trophy for him.
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