Patrick Mahomes Flexes #BlackBoyJoy After Becoming The Third Black Quarterback To Win The Super Bowl
It's a win for the culture.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is basking in celebratory festivities after helping his team score their second Super Bowl win. The Chiefs' victory against the San Francisco 49ers made Mahomes the third black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, following Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson's 2014 win. Mahomes also has the most double-digit comeback wins of any quarterback in NFL history.
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Things were looking bad for the Chiefs as they looked at a 10-point deficit at the end of the third quarter. In a stunning upset, however, Mahomes led the Chiefs to score 21 points in the fourth quarter and made NFL history as the youngest player to win both MVP and the Super Bowl.
As confetti rained down on the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, cameras caught Mahomes embracing his father, Patrick Mahomes Sr., who once played in the MLB. Their celebratory embrace sparked plenty of onion cutting on Twitter.
Omg this is a beautiful moment!— Tieira (@1Tieira) February 5, 2020
I'm not crying, you're crying! 🥺— Oh, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 Ebony (@ebonypost) February 5, 2020
Obviously destined for greatness, Mahomes’ father told the New York Daily News he knew his son would be a “savant“ while on the baseball field and was surprised, but still supportive, of his decision to play football instead. A high school classmate even correctly guessed Mahomes would win the Super Bowl just six years before his historic victory.
In another seemingly psychic revelation in 2013, the former Texas Tech athlete tweeted about going to Disney World after winning the bowl.
I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says "I'm going to Disney World" after winning the Super Bowl #Qbs— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 6, 2013
While his teammates found various ways to celebrate, Mahomes was able to make his dreams come true, calling the moment surreal during an interview with ESPN.
Twitter also joined in on celebrating with the Black quarterback and basking in his #BlackBoyJoy moment.
I’m so happy for KC and Pat Mahomes! #blackboyjoy for black history month— Jasmine :) (@mssjassy) February 3, 2020
Earlier in the season, Mahomes had Chiefs fans a bit nervous after he dislocated his knee during week seven. In what some doctors called a medical miracle, Mahomes was still able to play after a remarkably short time on the injured list.
In a true test of his journey, Mahomes posted a video on Instagram detailing all of the sacrifices that he made for such a victory.
"I just want to keep winning championships. I want to keep being with the guys I have around me," Mahomes told CNN Sports.
With all of the Black excellence on the field lately, some sports journalists are marking this as the year, and maybe even the era, of the Black quarterback.
According to The Undefeated, the quarterback, whose role is responsible for leading and encouraging the team, was exclusively for white men. It was thought that in order to be a quarterback, one had to be courageous and smart — two characteristics that Black men were initially deemed unworthy of portraying.
Notable newcomer quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson and now Mahomes have helped to break a decades-old narrative that Black men were unable and incapable of leading a team, especially to a Super Bowl.
As Mahomes continues to relish in his well-deserved #BlackBoyJoy celebrations, his victory has proven to be much bigger than him — this one is for the culture.