After a record-breaking season in his first year as a starter, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player at the NFL Honors ceremony on Saturday.
Mahomes, who was picked 10th overall by Kansas City in 2017, is the first player in Chiefs history and second-youngest ever to win the MVP award.
“This season was special and there were a lot of people that helped me get to this point,” he said in his acceptance speech. “First, I just want to thank God because without Him none of this would even be here.”
"This is just the beginning. We have a long ways to go."
Patrick Mahomes' MVP acceptance speech 💯
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— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2019
Mahomes also expressed his gratitude and gave praise to God on Twitter.
Man this is crazy! God is amazing! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me get here! #ChiefsKindgom thank you for your passion but this is just the beginning!
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) February 3, 2019
The 23-year-old Mahomes is a man of faith who chose to be baptized in the seventh grade, according to the Ringer, because he wanted “to become a man in church,” his mom said.
“My faith has always been a big part of what I do,” Mahomes told FSPN last year. “… I’ve grown up in church and [faith] really helps you know why you’re playing the game, and who you’re doing it for.”
Just the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season, Mahomes also set new single-season franchise records for passing yards (5,097) and passing touchdowns (50). Those numbers were plenty good enough to earn first-team All-Pro honors and a spot in the Pro Bowl, where he won offensive MVP.
With Mahomes under center, the Chiefs won their division and earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a 12-4 record. Kansas City advanced to the AFC Championship Game, where it was defeated by the eventual Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots in overtime.
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