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Chiefs nice admits eager to see Patrick Mahomes play throughout his rookie 12 months: ‘I knew we had an ideal participant’

Getty Images Last month, Tamba Hali was chosen to be inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. The No. 20 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and former Penn State star made six Pro Bowls in his 12 NFL seasons, and recorded 89.5 sacks, which rank second in franchise history only behind

Chiefs nice admits eager to see Patrick Mahomes play throughout his rookie 12 months: ‘I knew we had an ideal participant’

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Final month, Tamba Hali was chosen to be inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Corridor of Fame. The No. 20 total decide within the 2006 NFL Draft and former Penn State star made six Professional Bowls in his 12 NFL seasons, and recorded 89.5 sacks, which rank second in franchise historical past solely behind the legendary Derrick Thomas. 

Hali had a press conference with reporters after his honor was introduced, and he was requested about a number of totally different matters — together with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Hali’s closing NFL season got here in 2017, which was Mahomes’ rookie season. Throughout his press convention, Hali was requested by a reporter if he might see “what was coming.”

“Somewhat bit, just a little bit,” Hali stated with a smile. “I can not say I noticed all of those championships. However I knew we had an ideal participant that got here within the constructing. I might inform you that. I imply, at instances we needed him to play. You realize, we needed him to be on the sector, however …” Hali then shrugged.

Mahomes was chosen by the Chiefs with the No. 10 total decide although Kansas Metropolis was coming off a first-place end within the AFC West with Alex Smith, who went 11-4 that 12 months. Nonetheless, the Chiefs knew a quarterback change was coming.

Mahomes sat on the bench throughout his rookie season whereas the Chiefs once more gained the AFC West with a 10-6 report, however Kansas Metropolis was knocked out of the playoffs early by the Tennessee Titans within the wild-card spherical. That following offseason, Smith was traded to the Washington Commanders whereas Mahomes stepped into the beginning lineup and gained MVP whereas the Chiefs made the AFC Championship sport. As you most likely know by now, Mahomes is on monitor to turn out to be arguably the perfect quarterback in NFL historical past with three Super Bowl victories in 5 years, and two MVPs in six seasons as starter.

Nobody is aware of how Kansas Metropolis would have fared if Mahomes was allowed to begin instantly, and he absolutely benefitted from studying beneath Smith for a season. However his teammates clearly knew Mahomes had potential. 

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