As the rest of the NFL world watched quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs fall in Super Bowl LV, there were probably some feelings of relief. Rival players finally saw a weakness in a team that was unbeatable for two seasons and witnessed the league’s best player look deadly for once in his young career.
Other AFC contenders may have felt better about their chances of defeating the three-time defending conference champs after the embarrassing loss. However, they may want to reconsider their logic, because Mahomes told CNBC that the loss should motivate him more than a second straight Super Bowl title would have.
“I think defeat helps you more than success,” he says. “I just do everything I can to improve and learn from mistakes.”
The advice is wise and fits more than just a professional athlete’s career in the field. It is well known that Mahomes is involved in various extracurricular activities such as business decisions, sponsorships and charities through his foundation: 15 and the Mohammedans.
He expanded those thoughts on mindset to his efforts off the field.
“When you lose on a soccer field or if you invest in a company that doesn’t work, or whatever, I think that helps you more because it encourages you to learn from your mistakes. It drives you to be better next time. “
It’s a logical idea: the stabbing pain of a heinous defeat can be all the fuel one needs to stay motivated in one’s aspirations. Whether it’s losing in a big game or losing a worthwhile business deal, it’s hard to shake the feeling of disappointment. Rather than dwell on it, Mahomes chooses to let that feed him, and that could be a problem for the rest of the NFL.
We have seen Mahomes reveal what motivates him in the great moments. Either counting on his fingers to 10 in reference to his position in the draft, or four: the spot he was given on the NFL’s top 100 list after his Super Bowl MVP season. Mahomes clearly draws energy from people who doubt him and his team, and that will happen after the 31-9 loss in Super Bowl LV.
The shots will arrive:
“Mahomes won’t be the same player without the two bookend tackles he’s had.”
“The NFL defenses have figured out how to neutralize Mahomes.”
“Mahomes has played some of his worst games in the Super Bowl and he doesn’t get enough criticism for it.”
As you walk through these preseason shots in the months leading up to the 2021 season, just remember that Mahomes is listening to you too, and the motivation he generates will not go to waste.