Aaron Rodgers Gets Brutally Honest About Patrick Mahomes
Aaron Rodgers got brutally honest about Patrick Mahomes this past week.
Rodgers is widely regarded as one of the NFL’s very best quarterbacks and a surefire future Hall of Famer. However, despite his pedigree, the Green Bay Packers star admitted recently that he is in awe of one particular young talent: Mahomes.
“Talent-wise you know, I’ve definitely thrown with a lot of guys around the league and been a fan for a long time,” he said during a recent interview.
“I’ve never felt like there’s anybody who watching them throw is head and shoulders above me. I love my buddy and State Farm ally, Pat Mahomes.
“Just the way he plays really reminds me of myself and I say that with the utmost amount of respect and humility just because I love watching him play because he runs around, he makes throws all over the place, he no-look passes and he does it with enough balance between swagger and humility.”
NFL quarterbacks are notoriously self-confident, and that confidence often manifests itself in an inability to acknowledge their peers’ greatness. Especially when both players are still active in the NFL.
For Rodgers to be this effusive in his praise for Mahomes is telling. The respect is very, very real.
Patrick Mahomes Respects Aaron Rodgers Just As Much
Fortunately, the respect between Mahomes and Rodgers is a two way street. As fond as Rodgers is of the Kansas City Chiefs star, Mahomes reciprocates the love one hundred percent.
Last year, Mahomes took to social media to express his amazement at a particularly remarkable thrown made by Rodgers.
They need to show the coaches film on this throw! Best throw I think I have ever seen! https://t.co/dYkck61Jj7
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) April 15, 2020
“Best throw I think I have ever seen” is not just some throwaway line when it comes from someone like Mahomes. It is a very real, very legitimate compliment.
Rodgers, Mahomes Have A Big Year Ahead
Both Rodgers and Mahomes have big year ahead of them in 2020.
For Rodgers, this is an opportunity to show that he still has what it takes to lead a team to the promise land. Despite consistently being regarded as one of the NFL’s top two or three active quarterbacks, he only has one Super Bowl championship to his name.
Last season, Rodgers and the Packers made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game before getting dismantled by the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners would subsequently go on to lose to Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
For Mahomes, 2020 will be a year to solidify his role in a dynasty. At 24 years old, he is already a champion. He has successfully climbed a mountain that many other players spend their whole careers trying to scale. Now it is about building a lasting legacy.
Last year, Rodgers and Mahomes were supposed to duel it out in a highly anticipated Week 8 primetime match-up. Unfortunately, the latter got hurt and had to sit that outing out.
This season, there is no showdown between the pair on the books. That means if fans want to see Rodgers and Mahomes square off, it will need to happen in the Super Bowl.
Given how solid both the Packers and Chiefs look heading into the new season, a battle between the two teams for the biggest prize in the sport seems like a very real possibility.