Patrick Mahomes is the NFL’s unquestioned best quarterback. In fact, he’s a living legend. There’s a reason our Christian D’Andrea gave him a tier all to himself in his latest signal-caller rankings. And even at the age of 27, with everything he’s already accomplished, Mahomes could be in the conversation for one of the greatest to ever play.
But one person apparently disagrees. Mahomes himself.
In a recent interview with Complex’s Ben Felderstein, where Mahomes unthinkably said he’s feeling less pressure after winning a second Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs superstar ranked his five best NFL quarterbacks of all time. While no name is an inherent surprise to those who follow the league and pro football closely, Mahomes left himself out.
I understand the idea of humility and his trying to keep his hand close to the vest, so I’ll say this for Mahomes: he’s arguably the third-best quarterback of all time already. He has the resume. He has the two MVPs and Super Bowl MVPs. And despite playing just five years, he’s got the numbers, too. All that’s missing is more consistent greatness and longevity over an extended career … which is almost inevitable, too.
Right now, it’s probably not still crazy for Mahomes to leave himself out of a great quarterback ranking. He has a lot more to accomplish, after all. By the end of his career, I’d venture to say anyone who leaves him off a list near the top needs to strongly reconsider their position.
Per Complex, here are Mahomes’ five greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time as of right now.
5 Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins or John Elway, Denver Broncos
Mahomes couldn’t decide between Marino or Elway but said that either round out his personal top five.
4 Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers/Kansas City Chiefs
Four Super Bowl wins as the steward of the NFL’s greatest dynasty of the 20th century. A great pick with Montana.
3 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers/New York Jets
Rodgers is one of the most prolific regular-season passers of all time and has four MVPs to show for it. This is a pick that will be more popular for many down the line.
2 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts/Denver Broncos
If not for the next man on this list, many more people might view Manning as the best player to ever throw a football.
1 Tom Brady, New England Patriots/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Was there any doubt Mahomes would have Brady at the top? He’s the legend the Chiefs’ talisman is actively chasing! We’ll see if Mahomes can successfully close his pursuit of the iconic Brady by the end of his career.