Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could retire today at age 27 and he’d likely be a Hall of Famer.
Mahomes, a two-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl MVP, has already accomplished more than most quarterbacks could ever dream of accomplishing.
But that’s not enough for the five-time Pro Bowler. He has a strong desire not just to be great, but to be the greatest to ever play the game. Mahomes recently held a Q&A at the UT Tyler Cowan Center in his hometown of Tyler, TX and he revealed that there’s a particular record he’d like to break.
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Mahomes told the crowd that he and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce are coming for Joe Montana’s and Jerry Rice’s record for touchdowns by a quarterback/receiver duo.
Mahomes and Kelce are just five touchdowns behind Montana and Rice (who combined for 67 touchdowns), but that’s actually not the record for most touchdowns by a duo.
That mark is held by Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, who combined for 114 touchdowns, a record that Peyton said in 2016 will never be broken. It’s not impossible for Mahomes and Kelce to break the record set by Peyton and Marvin, but it won’t be easy.
Kelce is already 33. If he plays at a decently high level until he’s 38 — another six seasons — the duo would need to average 8.6 touchdowns per season (including the playoffs) to tie the record.
If both players stay healthy, they’ll have a shot, but it’s far from a given that they’ll be able to break the record. Still, it’s clear that Mahomes has his eye on breaking all-time records while leading the Chiefs to more Super Bowl wins.