Patrick Mahomes gets it. The Kansas City quarterback knows his next move before the defenders can anticipate it. He sees the field with a clarity and precision that the league has never encountered before. And the numbers don’t lie: In just his second year in the league he won the MVP, becoming the youngest quarterback to ever throw 50 touchdowns in a season.
The thing is, Mahomes has always been this way. He was a three-sport star in high school, dominating in football, basketball, and baseball (even throwing a no-hitter his senior year). He lit the Big 12 on fire at Texas Tech, where he also played baseball — when he wasn’t busy fooling defenders on the gridiron.
Mahomes’s work ethic translated well to the NFL, where he studied under Chiefs starter Alex Smith. With a playoff spot already secured at the end of the 2017 season, Smith sat out to rest and the rookie out of Texas Tech led Kansas City to a win in the final regular season game. It was a harbinger of things to come. Smith was traded in the offseason and head coach Andy Reid handed over the keys to Mahomes.
Mahomes flourished in the starting role, carving up defenses every week. Whether he was throwing no-look crossing routes, deep balls, or escaping tackles like a magician, he routinely dropped jaws and became must-see TV. Front office executives who passed on Mahomes — he went with the 10th pick overall in the 2017 draft — were surely embarrassed that they let a generational talent pass through their hands.
It would be easy to say Mahomes is an overachiever, if he didn’t work so damn hard to get where he is today. But you can’t put in that work if your body isn’t properly taken care of. Mahomes monitors and takes care of his body. And that starts with priority number one: hydration. Which is why Mahomes, an ambassador for Essentia Water’s “It Might As Well Be You” campaign, likes to reach for supercharged ionized alkaline water.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical for my training. To reach my full potential, drinking Essentia Water is part of my everyday regime.”
Peak hydration may be exactly why Mahomes never stops — and never stops wanting more, on and off the field. Mahomes just established his own charity, 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, to support youth initiatives in academics, the arts, after-school programs, and more. Mahomes also spends his time connecting with young people, like at the recent After-School All-Stars Leadership Academy, where he shared what resilience, grit, and hard work means to him.
“It is important to me that I use my platform to empower the next generation and demonstrate what it means to give it your all — no matter what the goal is. It’s the work you do when nobody is watching that makes a difference, not just what you do when the cameras are on. Partnering with Essentia on efforts that give back to the community, along with the launch of my foundation, is just the beginning.”
From the weight room to game walk-throughs, the boardroom to charitable events, Mahomes leads by example. He may be young, but he’s a leader. He gives 100 percent every workout, every practice, every commitment. That attitude — show up and put in work, at all costs — has trickled down to every aspect of his life.