Patrick Mahomes is a world champion for the third time and NFL fans are telling ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman.
Mahomes was named MVP after inspiring the Chiefs to a second straight 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 run 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 on an elite NFL club.
Impressive stuff for a player Aikman decided to let go in 2019.
In a social media post posted back in September 2019, Aikman took issue with a tweet from The Athletic comparing his Super Bowl passing statistics to those of Mahomes.
Aikman won three Super Bowl rings as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s.
The Athletic article claimed that Mahomes had “caught 36 percent of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns in about 8 percent of games.”
Quoting the post, 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 of Mahomes, who was then in his second season as a starter and had yet to win world title.
Mahomes found Mecole Hardman with a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime to seal a third Super Bowl ring and tie him with Aikman’s career total.
One fan on social media wrote: “Troy Aikman is torn in quotes right now since Mahomes has already matched his Superbowl wins and already destroyed his career by passing touchdowns in about half the time.
Another wrote: “Update: Patrick Mahomes now owns 100% of Troy Aikman’s Super Bowls. »
The Chiefs signal-caller remains far from Brady’s all-time record of seven Super Bowls.
Mahomes and co will already have their eye on a historic third straight Super Bowl title.
No team in NFL history has won the Lombardi Trophy in three consecutive years.
After the overtime victory, CBS’ Tracy Wolfson asked Mahomes on the field if he thought the Chiefs had done enough to be considered an NFL dynasty.
“Yeah. It’s the start of a first,” Mahomes said. “We’re not done. I know we’re going to celebrate tonight, celebrate in the parade Wednesday in Kansas City, but we don’t have finished. We are a young team and we will continue on this path.
Mahomes then paid tribute to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who won his third Lombardi Trophy as a head coach, third Lombardi, while the other 31 active head coaches have six total.
“Coach Reid has been the ultimate leader and I was brought in and I’m just trying to exemplify that, and he continues to push to be even better,” Mahomes said.
“He brings out the best in me because he lets me be myself. I think it’s important. He’s not trying to make me into someone else. I don’t think I would be the quarterback I am if I didn’t have Coach Reid as my coach. He wants you to be the best person you can be.