- CompanyKansas City Chiefs
A 2017 first-round draft pick, Patrick Mahomes has been racking up accolades as the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs: the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018; Pro Bowl selection in 2019; Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award—the youngest player in history with these achievements—in 2020. A few months after the big win, he signed a 10-year contract extension that could pay him half-a-billion dollars over the next 12 years—the richest deal in sports history. Along with corporate endorsement deals with Oakley, State Farm, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, and other local businesses, Mahomes also became an investor this year when he joined the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. This didn’t come as a surprise to fans—it’s impossible to watch a Chiefs game without the announcers reminding everyone that he’s the son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes. After the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in May, as protests raged across the country, Mahomes joined other Black NFL stars in a video calling for the National Football League to condemn racism and apologize for silencing players who were peacefully protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem at games. One day later, for the first time, commissioner Roger Goodell made a stunning shift in agreement with the players’ demands. Reports have noted how important Mahomes’s involvement in the video was in the league’s change of heart after years of discussion of systemic racism first started by Colin Kaepernick. As the current face of the NFL stared directly into the camera declaring Black Lives Matter, the league could no longer drag its feet.