The cherry on top of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ amazing first season as a starter came Wednesday night.
Mahomes won the ESPY for the “Best NFL Player” in ESPN’s annual awards show, one of the two categories for which he was nominated. Mahomes was also up for “Best Male Athlete” but lost out to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The “Best NFL Player” award capped an astonishing 2018 season for Mahomes, who threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was just the third player in league history with 50 or more touchdown throws in a season, joining Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Mahomes was on the All-Pro team and was the NFL’s MVP.
Mahomes beat out Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley of the Rams and Saints quarterback Drew Brees for that ESPY.
Antetokounmpo, who was the NBA’s MVP, edged out Mahomes, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and golfer Brooks Koepka afor the “Best Male Athlete” award.