Patrick Mahomes has a lot to worry about heading into the 2023 season.
He has to make sure his offensive linemen are on the right page when he calls his signals and protection packages.
He has to make sure his new wide receivers follow the right routes. And you have to be aware of any possible defensive changes from the opposing teams.
The only thing that doesn’t really concern him is his legacy.
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«I think everybody thinks about legacy and how it’s remembered, but you have to think about that at the same time, valuing each day and how can you improve, how can you really maximize each day,» he told the AP Pro Soccer Podcast. » Wednesday.
«And then every time you finish your career, you don’t have any regrets. That’s what I’ve always preached. It’s not about the success of that day. It’s about not having any regrets at the end of your career.»
«And I think if you work hard every day and put everything you’ve got into the game, when you look back at the end of your career and no matter how many trophies you have or how many Super Bowl rings you have, you’ll have no regrets.»
Mahomes has been in the NFL since the 2017 season and took over as the team’s starting quarterback in 2018. Since then, he has led the Kansas City Chiefs to five straight AFC Championship games and three Super Bowl appearances. . He has two Super Bowl rings to his credit and the second one came last season.
With Tom Brady’s retirement, Mahomes has become the face of the league with an even more daunting task: trying to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
No team has accomplished that feat since Brady’s New England Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Mahomes recognized how difficult that accomplishment is.
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«I think it’s very difficult because there’s a lot of player movement these days,» he said. «All the teams are getting better every year. It’s hard to win the Super Bowl. I’ve noticed it from the first to the second. You can do everything the right way and you don’t win.»
«So to be able to repeat it, you’ve got to keep working and working and working and trying to put yourself in position to win those big games. I trust us because we have a lot of guys coming back now.» who have won a Super Bowl and have been in that great moment. But we have to go out there and prove it, and it starts next week.»
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The Chiefs open the 2023 regular season against the Detroit Lions.
Associated Press contributed to this report.