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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes named one of Time's most influential people

By Sam McDowell, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has forever changed Kansas City, the architect of a Super Bowl parade that strolled down Grand Boulevard.

But his reach stretches far beyond Kansas City.

Mahomes has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2020, joining celebrities, activists, political figures and the President.

"There is a lot more promise in Patrick Mahomes' future than just on-field accolades," said Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, who wrote on Time's selection of Mahomes. "He already has started to build a legacy as one of the most impactful athletes of his generation, and I, for one, am excited to see what is next."

What a year it's been.

As the quarterback of the Super Bowl champions, sure.

 

But also as a recently turned 25-year-old with the city at his fingertips.

Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 seasons, three straight comeback wins guiding their postseason fate. He became the youngest player in league history to stash both regular season and Super Bowl MVP honors and then was rewarded with the richest contract the NFL has ever seen.

On the field, his play spoke for itself.

Off it, his voice became louder than ever. Mahomes thrust himself into the center of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd's death, appearing in a video among other NFL stars that demanded the league office recognize social injustices and the systematic oppression of Black people. A day later, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell obliged.

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