Patrick Mahomes Looking To Become 7th Player To Win NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP In Same Season
On Thursday, Patrick Mahomes was awarded the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for the second time, becoming only the eighth quarterback to have earned this honor multiple times.
Despite this achievement, Mahomes was not present at the awards ceremony held at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. Instead, he was at a secret location nearby, preparing for the upcoming Super Bowl where his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mahomes is widely expected to win the Super Bowl MVP award, with odds of +120, ahead of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts at +125, according to DraftKings.
The third favorite is Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce at +1200. The significant gap in odds between the quarterbacks and Kelce is not surprising, given that quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP 31 times in the 56-year history of the game.
Mahomes and Hurts were the league’s best quarterbacks this season, too. Mahomes threw for an NFL-high 5,250 yards and 41 touchdowns, completed a career-high 67.1% of his passes and threw just 12 interceptions. Hurts, in his second season as starter, completed 66.5% of his passes for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns.
If Mahomes wins the MVP on Sunday, he would join a rarified company. Only six players have won the regular season and Super Bowl MVPs in the same season and none since Kurt Warner in the 1999 season.
Emmitt Smith (1993) is the only non-quarterback to achieve that feat, which all-time greats and multiple-time regular season MVPs such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers never accomplished.