In his short time in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has become the premier player at his position.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 13, 2020
It would be hard to argue that he isn’t the best QB in the entire league.
Though he has only been a starter for three seasons, he has already made an impact with the Chiefs.
In these three years, he has established a solid resumé that dwarfs most other players over this time.
While it is still a relatively small sample size, is this enough to warrant Hall of Fame consideration?
Yes, it is EXTREMELY early to judge Mahomes on this, but he makes a good case.
Here, we will take a look at his career by the numbers and see if it would justify a spot in the NFL’s Hall of Fame.
A Career Of Success For Mahomes
Already, Mahomes has had success in the NFL that a lot of QBs would dream for.
In his first season as starter in 2018, he showed off why he is a special talent.
— Chiefs Daily (@chiefsdaily15) June 23, 2020
Through 16 games, Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and led the league with 50 passing TDs.
This tied him with Tom Brady for second most all-time in a single season.
For a player in his first full season as a starter, these are ridiculous numbers.
This rightfully earned him the 2018 NFL MVP award.
Statistically, his next season didn’t quite live up to the first.
In 14 games, Mahomes threw for 4,031 yards and just 26 TDs.
He did just his interceptions from 12 in 2018 to just five in 2019.
However, this season would mean much more beyond the regular season stats.
Mahomes led the team through the AFC playoffs to the Super Bowl, where the ultimately defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
In just his second year starting, Mahomes was already able to add a Super Bowl ring to his trophy case.
So far in 2020, he has followed that up with another standout, MVP caliber year.
Through Week 14 he leads the NFL in passing yards with 4,208, flirting with another 5,000-yard season.
He also has upped his total TDs to 33 so far, while still just having five interceptions.
Because of this, he is yet another candidate for the MVP award.
Louis Riddick: “Patrick Mahomes is the MVP this year…. I have run out of superlatives to even describe how good he is.” pic.twitter.com/R0p91oOQe8
— Chiefs Highlights (@ChiefsHighlight) December 17, 2020
Hall Of Fame Worthy?
With his career statistics in mind, is Mahomes Hall of Fame worthy already?
The Pro Football Reference Hall of Fame predictor requires 50 career starts for consideration: Mahomes has 44.
Because of this, he is not YET considered as a candidate.
However, he is more than likely already a shoo-in for the spot.
Even if his career were to end after this season, it would be difficult to leave him out.
He has been the league’s most dominant QB over the last three seasons and has the awards to back it up.
If he were to win the MVP award this season, it would make this decision even easier.
Any way you look at it, Mahomes is on the path to Canton already.
While he may not quite be there right now, he almost certainly will be soon.
The just-turned 25-year-old still has a lot of time in front of him, and there is no telling the type of career numbers he could put up.
His 10-year, $450 million contract with the Chiefs proves that he will be around the league for a while.
For now, all we can do is watch the greatness of Mahomes’ career unfold in front of us, knowing that the Hall of Fame is likely on the horizon.