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Patrick Mahomes pushes back against Tom Brady comparisons, again

Patrick Mahomes won his third Super Bowl MVP on Sunday.Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Patrick Mahomes’s résumé speaks for itself.

In just six full seasons as the Chiefs quarterback, the 28-year-old has won three Super Bowls, three Super Bowl MVPs, two regular-season MVPs, and has taken Kansas City to six straight AFC Championship games.

He added to his accomplishments in Super Bowl LVIII Sunday, securing KC’s third title in five years.

Just five years after the Patriots’ two-decade dynasty came to an end, Mahomes and the Chiefs have established their own reign atop the NFL.

But as many media pundits traded opinions Monday about Mahomes and his standing next to Tom Brady among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Mahomes deflected those lofty comparisons.


“Yeah, I hear it,” Mahomes said on NFL Network. “To me, it’s always going to be tough because Brady beat me in the Super Bowl. He will always have that on my head.

“But it gives me something to strive for every single day — chasing greatness. If I’m ever tired, if I don’t want to work, I know I have to do it in order to be in moments like this.”

It was the second time in a week that Mahomes offered up a take regarding how his achievements stack up against Brady’s.

“I mean, I’m not even close to halfway,” Mahomes said last Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night in Las Vegas. “I haven’t put a lot of thought into it. Your goal is to be the best player that you can be, and I know I’m blessed to be with a lot of great players around me.

“So right now, it’s doing whatever I can to beat a great 49ers team and trying to get that third ring. And then, if you ask me that question in, like, 15 years, then I’ll see if I can get close to seven. But seven seems like a long ways away still.”


Mahomes still has four more to go to equal the championships that Brady won, and as Mahomes noted, Brady himself helped deny him of potentially two titles.

Brady defeated Mahomes in both of their postseason showdowns — in the AFC Championship game with the Patriots in January 2019 and then in Super Bowl LV when Brady was playing for Tampa Bay two years later.

For what it’s worth, Brady doesn’t seem all that bothered by the comparisons.

“I think there’s nothing that Patrick can do, in my opinion, that takes away from what I tried to accomplish in my career,” Brady said on “The Pat McAfee Show” last month. “And there’s nothing that I did that can take away from what he’s trying to accomplish. … All I tried to be was the best I can be.

“Even though I had sporting idols, I could never be Steve Young, I could never be Joe Montana. I could never be Dan Marino or John Elway. Those were my childhood idols and they had incredible careers. And they put as much as they could into their careers, and I really respected them for that. I just tried to do the same thing.”

Conor Ryan can be reached at conor.ryan@globe.com.