Patrick Mahomes is world champion for a third time and NFL fans are letting ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman know about it.
Mahomes was named MVP after inspiring the Chiefs to a second successive Super Bowl title and their third championship in five years.
In a thrilling finale to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 75-yard touchdown drive in overtime to clinch a dramatic 25-22 victory.
Mahomes becomes only the third player to win three world titles and two MVPs, joining legendary quarterbacks Joe Montana and Tom Brady in an elite NFL club.
Impressive stuff for a player that Aikman was quick to dismiss back in 2019.
In a social media post sent back in September 2019, Aikman took issue with a tweet from the Athletic comparing his Super Bowl-winning passing stats with that of Mahomes.
Aikman won three Super Bowl rings as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in the 90s.
The Athletic article claimed Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns in about 8% of the games.”
Quoting the message, Aikman responded with a statement that will go down as one of the coldest takes in NFL history.
“ICYMI: Talk to me when he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles,” he wrote about Mahomes, who was then in his second season as a starter and yet to win a world title.
Mahomes found Mecole Hardman with a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime to seal a third Super Bowl ring and put him level with Aikman’s career tally.
One fan on social media wrote: “Troy Aikman getting torn up in the quotes right now since Mahomes already tied his superbowl wins and has already destroyed his career passing touchdowns in about half of the time.
Another wrote: “Update: Patrick Mahomes now has 100% of Troy Aikman’s Super Bowls.”
The Chiefs signal caller remains some way off Brady’s all-time record of seven Super Bowls.
Mahomes and co will already have one eye on an historic third-straight Super Bowl title.
No team in NFL history has lifted the Lombardi Trophy in three straight years.
After the overtime win, Mahomes was asked on the field by CBS’s Tracy Wolfson if he believes the Chiefs have done enough to be considered an NFL dynasty.
“Yeah. It’s the start of one,” said Mahomes. “We’re not done. I know we’re gonna celebrate tonight, celebrate at the parade Wednesday in Kansas City, but we’re not done. We’re a young team and we’re gonna keep this thing going.”
Mahomes went on to pay tribute to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid who won his third Lombardi Trophy as head coach third Lombardi while the other 31 active head coaches have a combined six.
“Coach Reid has been the ultimate leader and I got brought in and I just trying to exemplify that, and he keeps pushing to be even better,” said Mahomes.
“He brings out the best in me because he lets me be me. I think that’s important. He’s not trying to make me anyone else. I don’t think I’m the quarterback that I am if I didn’t have Coach Reid as my coach. He wants you to be the best person you can be.”