“Football’s obviously super-important but helping out the world is more important and we’re gonna try and do that every single day.” – Patrick Mahomes on using his voice and platform
“I’m fired up every day I have a chance to do this. I love doing what I’m doing…I’m gonna keep doing it till I don’t love it, I guess. Or till they kick me out of the building.” – Andy Reid on his coaching future
Full Conversation with Mahomes Available Now on The Peter King Podcast
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and 49ers Tight End George Kittle Join Today’s Episode of The Rich Eisen Show on Peacock & NBCSN at Noon ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 24, 2020 – Peter King speaks one-on-one with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes and writes about spending two days at Chiefs training camp in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also speaks with Kansas City head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach from Chiefs training camp and discusses the league’s COVID-19 protocols with NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills.
Across NBC Sports this week, The Rich Eisen Show today makes its debut on Peacock and continues on NBCSN at Noon ET, with guests including New England head coach Bill Belichick and San Francisco tight end George Kittle. PFT Live featuring Mike Florio and Chris Simms also debuted today on Peacock live at 7 a.m. ET and airs from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET every weekday on NBCSN. King joins the show tomorrow and NBC Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison makes his weekly guest appearance this Thursday. ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest offseason news, and the Rotoworld Football Podcast and Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast prepare for the upcoming season.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
PATRICK MAHOMES & THE CHIEFS
King on his visit to Chiefs camp: “I liked the spirit of the team and the needed depth at receiver. As we all saw last year, Mahomes’ weaponry is deep, and it needs to be…The continuity thing is big here. All but two of 22 starters return…and 21 of 22 coaches are back.”
King on Patrick Mahomes’ offseason: “Mahomes spent time during a mostly homebound offseason in a new home he bought in Dallas. What’d he do to get better? He studied tape, “trying to diagnose defenses even quicker,” he said.”
Mahomes on his offseason workouts: “I had to find ways to work out at home. At first, I was in an Airbnb, so we were ordering the resistance bands, and doing pushups and pullups on whatever you can find…When I bought a house in Dallas it had a weight room and we had the full set-up.”
King on Mahomes’ contract: “The contract was an ongoing process, negotiated for 18 months before the July 6 announcement. True: Mahomes almost certainly could have made more money (sick as it sounds) than $477 million over 12 years if he signed a shorter deal now and hit the jackpot twice more between now and 2031.”
Chiefs GM Brett Veach on the contract: “Every last dime was not that important to Patrick but having a chance to win every year was. He was committed to getting this done, committed to Kansas City. He’s so mature – he gets the big picture. He knows, also, that his ability to make money off the field in the next few years is endless.”
Mahomes on using his platform and becoming more socially active: “Football’s obviously super-important but helping out the world is more important and we’re gonna try and do that every single day…Obviously I love football but I love trying to make the world a better place even more…I feel like no one should be treated any differently, no matter where they come from. I know that with my platform that I have the ability to speak out and people will listen. People will at least listen to what I’m saying. They might not agree with everything that I’m saying but they’re gonna listen. I think having that platform…it’s my job and my duty to speak up.”
Mahomes on speaking out and fans potentially disagreeing with his views: “Hopefully I have the support of all the fans that have been with me since the beginning. If I don’t, then those fans weren’t true fans of Patrick Mahomes – they were just fans of what I did on the football field. I really respect the people that whether they have the same beliefs with me or not, they’re gonna support me for the person that I am every single day.”
Mahomes on his 44-yard throw to Tyreek Hill in Super Bowl LIV being compared to Eli Manning’s throw to Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI: “Mine wasn’t as good as Eli’s throw. Eli’s throw was money, right on the sideline. On ours, Tyreek (Hill) ran a heck of a route where he was able to run across the safety’s face and then back towards the pylon. I was just able to put it out there far enough.”
King on Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire: “Edwards-Helaire could not have been much more impressive in the two practices I saw…I say he’ll be a stud, a prime candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year.”
Veach on Edwards-Helaire: “He’s on pace to have a big year, to be our primary ballcarrier.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on his future after winning his first Super Bowl last season: “I’m fired up every day I have a chance to do this. I love doing what I’m doing. I get to work for the Hunt family, and I’m around great people. I’m gonna keep doing it till I don’t love it, I guess. Or till they kick me out of the building.”
Veach on Reid coaching Mahomes: “With Patrick, Coach knows his mind can be creative with no limitations. He’s got a blank canvas and he can draw anything up because his quarterback can execute anything.”
NFL CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER ALLEN SILLS & LEAGUE NOTES
King on Dr. Allen Sills: “While in Tennessee, I interviewed the NFL’s chief medical officer, Allen Sills (he lives there) at his home. While we were getting ready, we discussed how important it is that the NFL gets this right and plays this season…The point, I believe, is we all want to get back to some semblance of normal as a country.”
Sills on the importance of the NFL season: “For me, this is about much more than football…The question is, the challenge is, how can we reinvent and re-imagine the things we enjoy doing and do them in a way that’s safer and/or compatible with mitigating risk? To me, that’s not just an NFL question. It a question for schools, and for entertainment, for the country.”
Sills on the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols: “It’s taken twists and turns we haven’t foreseen. We’ll have to continue to be flexible and adaptable. That’s the two words everyone hears me say all the time. Things will change. The protocols we have today will not be the same protocols in a month or two months.”
King on the Ravens releasing safety Earl Thomas: “Thomas is a great player, and he’ll likely get another chance, soon. (Dallas is interested, per Adam Schefter.) But Baltimore wanted Thomas gone so much that the Ravens were willing to take a disastrous $15-million cap hit by doing it now. Buyer beware with Thomas.”
King on Kansas City’s review of their ‘Chiefs’ team nickname: “I appreciate Kansas City owner Clark Hunt and president Mark Donovan doing a deep dive into all aspects of their team name… This nickname is tricky to me. ‘Chiefs’ is more honorific than Washington’s banned name, but it’s still a nickname and a mascot, which so many Native Americans oppose. I’m considering not using the KC nickname in my writing either. Thinking about it.”
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage:
- PFT Live with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Chris Simms streams live on Peacock from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on weekdays and airs on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET. King joins the show tomorrow and NBC Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison will make his weekly guest appearance on PFT Live this Thursday.
- The Rich Eisen Show, which makes its debut on Peacock today at Noon ET, continues on NBCSN with guests including New England head coach Bill Belichick and San Francisco tight end George Kittle.
- ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest offseason news and updates.
- The Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast and Rotoworld Football Podcast continue to preview and prepare for the upcoming NFL season.
A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May 2019 that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.