Now that he’s got his second Super Bowl title after just six seasons in the NFL (only five of which were as a starting quarterback), the comparisons between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are now louder than ever.
The latest comparison of the future Hall of Fame signal callers comes from career backup Blaine Gabbert, who signed with the Chiefs back in April after spending the previous four years with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Having now worked with both Brady and Mahomes, Gabbert says that the pair are both “perfectionists”.
“They’re maniacal perfectionists. And I mean that in the most endearing way possible. They’re the two best, in my opinion, ever to play the game. To see the similarities, how they operate in the meeting room, on the practice field. They’re completely different players, as we all know, but the way they approach the game, on and off the football field is the exact same,” Gabbert told reporters this week.
Heading into the 2023 season, the bookies are certainly expecting Mahomes — who is coming off an MVP season that saw him lead the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns — to take another step towards equaling Brady’s legacy as the Chiefs are the current betting favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl, which would make them the first repeat champs in the NFL since Brady and the Patriots did it 20-or-so years ago.
Furthermore, if Mahomes and the Chiefs do win the Super Bowl next year, he’ll have his third ring by the age of 28 years old. Given that most elite quarterbacks seem to be playing into their mid-to-late 30s these days, that would give Mahomes at least another decade or so to match or surpass Brady’s historic tally of seven Super Bowl titles.
Mahomes will certainly have his work cut out for him, though, as the AFC not only boasts Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, and Justin Herbert, but it also saw fellow future HoF QB Aaron Rodgers added to its ranks after he was traded to the New York Jets.