This Is The Woman Behind The NFL’s Record-Breaking Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes quickly developed into one of the most famous and richest footballers of his era. The star has been supported all the way through this rapid rise through the NFL’s ranks by his girlfriend Brittany Matthews. And it turns out that the pair have the sweetest of relationships.

Patrick Mahomes became an NFL game-changer in more ways than one in 2020. He was the driving force behind the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory at the Super Bowl LIV. Then aged 24, Mahomes also became the youngest MVP quarterback in the championship’s history thanks to his performance in the 31-20 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers.

Mahomes led no fewer than three touchdown drives to help his franchise erase a deficit in the fourth-quarter of 10 points. He also achieved a 78.6 passer rating, two interceptions and three touchdowns during his 26-of-42 finish for 286 yards. And the quarterback was handsomely rewarded for his efforts, too.

In July that year Mahomes was then offered the biggest contract of all time in the NFL. The Super Bowl MVP signed a ten-year extension with the Kansas City Chiefs which would take him up to the 2031 season. The deal was worth up to an astonishing $503 million, according to the BBC, and Mahomes was hailed by his agent as the “first half-billion dollar player in sports history.”

Mike Trout had signed what was previously the most lucrative contract in the history of the National Football League. The Los Angeles Angels star inked a 12-year deal worth a reported $426.5 million in early 2019. However, unlike Mahomes’ more lucrative contract – which is subject to various stipulations – Trout’s was entirely guaranteed.

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Mahomes will have to be at the top of his game every year until 2032 if he wants to bag the full $503 million. And he will receive $1.25 million if he helps the Chiefs to emerge victorious in the AFC Championship Game. Mahomes will also be given the same amount if he’s once again crowned the NFL MVP.

But Mahomes didn’t exactly go overboard in response to the news. He simply posted a video clip of his achievements on Twitter with the caption, “Here to stay.” But despite being the one handing out the sums of money, the team’s chairman Clark Hunt was far more vocal in his excitement.

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In an official statement about Mahomes’ deal, Hunt said, “With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognized and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. He’s an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community. And I’m delighted that [Mahomes] will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come.”

However, Mahomes did later expand on his joy at the news in a July 2020 interview with CBS Sports. He said, “Obviously, I’m very excited, very happy. Having security for my family and security for future generations. But at the same time I’m happy our franchise is able to sign guys like Chris Jones and sign guys [who] were able to help me build this team together, and we’ll be able to have something we can build for a long, long time.”

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Mahomes was asked whether he felt any pressure about signing such a massive contract, and he replied, “Not necessarily. I’m going to go out there and be the best player and person I can be. Obviously, you want to win a lot of football games, but I feel if I not only make an impact on the football field but the Kansas City community for a long time – that will play out the contract and that will be what pays off.”

So, how did Mahomes manage to establish his status as an all-time great so early on in his career? Well, as the son of Pat Mahomes – a pitcher in Major League Baseball – the star was perhaps always destined to be a great sportsman. In fact, he played both baseball and football while studying at Whitehouse High School.

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And Mahomes continued to be a double threat when he headed to Texas Tech. However, he eventually decided to concentrate solely on football for the Red Raiders and in his sophomore season asserted his place as a starting quarterback. Mahomes subsequently led several offensive categories in the Big 12 Conference to become one of the college’s best-ever footballers.

Unsurprisingly, Mahomes soon caught the attention of the National Football League. And in the draft of 2017 he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs as a 10th round pick. However, as with his stint with Texas Tech’s Red Raiders, the quarterback had to wait a while to make his mark.

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Mahomes rarely got the chance to take to the field in his rookie season, and the only time he started for the Chiefs was in their final game. Instead, the player had to sit on the sidelines watching Alex Smith assume his preferred position. But he was given the opportunity to make his mark when Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins in time for the next season.

And Mahomes sure made the most of his chance, too. In fact, he was named the NFL MVP in his first season as a starter with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texas Tech graduate was given the accolade after throwing for 5,097 yards and leading the league with no fewer than 50 touchdown passes.

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Andy Reid talked to ESPN in July 2020 about how impressed he is with his star quarterback’s work ethic. The head coach said, “[Mahomes is] a natural leader and always grinding, whether that’s on the field, in the weight room or watching film. He wants to be the best. He’s a competitor, and his teammates feed off his energy. He makes us all better as an organization, and we are blessed he’s going to be our quarterback for years to come.”

But it’s not just those associated with the Chiefs that are singing Mahomes’ praises. Former NFL star Jason Bell told the BBC in January 2019 that he believed the quarterback was worth the money. In fact, he described Mahomes’ arm talent as “God-given” and “like something I’ve never seen before.”

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Bell went on to add, “[Mahomes] also has great movement, especially in the pocket, where he can create plays off second plays that go for long touchdowns. We saw that happen in the Super Bowl. Plus, his ability to recognize what the defense is doing to him and the way he can break down defenses has [improved].”

Of course, Mahomes’ number one admirer is undoubtedly his long-term girlfriend Brittany Matthews. The pair have actually been an item since they met at Whitehouse High School as teenagers. In several throwback photos on their Instagram accounts, Matthews can be seen cheering on her beau from the sidelines at both baseball and football games.

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In a 2016 interview with Utterly Patriots, Mahomes revealed how grateful he was to have Matthews in his life. The future NFL star said, “She has been supportive of me in whatever I do even before I played quarterback in high school. She has been my number one fan since the beginning. Her support means the world to me.”

But Mahomes wasn’t the only gifted sportsperson in their relationship. Indeed, alongside her duties as a cheerleader, Matthews dazzled on the high school soccer field, too. She continued to pursue her love of the sport while studying kinesiology at the University of Texas Tyler, where she made quite the impression.

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According to The Morning Telegraph, Matthews became the second-highest goalscorer in the college’s history having found the net no fewer than 31 times. She also achieved all-region honors following her senior season. And in his chat with Utterly Patriots, boyfriend Mahomes couldn’t contain his pride about her sporting achievements.

Mahomes said, “I am extremely proud of the level of play [Matthews] has gotten to because all of it is from hard work. Her competitive nature is one of the many things I love about her. She hates losing and wants to be the best. [Matthews] works extremely hard to be great and it inspires me to work just as hard.”

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But alongside their various sporting commitments, the teenage sweethearts still found the time to have fun together, too. Mahomes and Matthews attended numerous school functions in their early years. In one particularly sweet photo that has surfaced online, the young couple can be seen wearing coordinated formal outfits as they head out to prom night.

The pair ended up going to different colleges 400 miles apart, though they still managed to maintain their supportive relationship. And none more so than when it came to big sporting occasions. Matthews told Utterly Patriots in 2016, “We feed off of each other. [Mahomes is] an incredible leader and player and I’ve learned a lot from him.”

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Matthews continued, “We give each other advice and he is always being positive with me to motivate me when I need it. I’m constantly letting him know that he’s not the only one breaking records. We’re having a great time with everything that is going on in our lives. He’s doing big things right now and so [am I].”

The couple’s relationship was tested even further in 2017 following their respective graduations. While Mahomes headed for the NFL, Matthews ended up on the other side of the Atlantic in Iceland. There, she played for UMF Afturelding/Fram, which is a professional soccer team based in Mosfellsbaer – a town north of the capital Reykjavik.

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But Mahomes and Matthews didn’t have to put up with this even bigger distance for too long. Following just a solitary season with the Icelandic team, the latter returned to the United States in order to pursue a different sporting career. After getting certified, Matthews then opened up her own exercise firm: Brittany Lynne Fitness.

Matthews explained why she decided to leave Iceland on her official website. She wrote, “By the end of my first season, I truly began to fall in love with being in the gym more than being on the soccer field. Playing sports my whole life got me into fitness, and playing in college taught me about strength training, wellness and maintaining peak fitness to perform at an elite level.”

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And it appears as though Matthews doesn’t take any prisoners when it comes to her role as a fitness trainer. She explicitly states “no BS” on her website, before adding, “These programs are designed to tone, grow muscle and get strong. Don’t be afraid to lift heavy and push yourself!”

Matthews’ new career has also had a beneficial impact on her boyfriend’s. Mahomes revealed in a 2019 interview with Yahoo Sports, “Eating-wise, I’m blessed that my girlfriend is [big on] nutrition so she helps me out with that – she’s [about] fitness.” Luckily, the pair no longer have to deal with being hundreds of miles apart, either.

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As Mahomes began to make a name for himself in the NFL, he and Matthews were able to purchase a home in Kansas City worth nearly $2 million. Speaking to Bleacher Report in 2019, the quarterback said, “Setting down roots in Kansas City was huge for us. I think the people are what we love the most about Kansas City. We’re trying to be here for a long, long time.”

Despite her own sporting endeavors, Matthews still makes sure to attend most of her boyfriend’s NFL games – often with her family in tow. The pair also have two canine friends: a pit bull named Steel and a Cane Corso christened Silver. Funnily enough, the two dogs have even been given their own Instagram account with 156,000 followers at the time of writing.

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Matthews took to her own Instagram account following the news about her boyfriend’s mammoth NFL contract. And she told her half-million followers she believed that Mahomes was worth every cent. Matthews wrote alongside a photo of the happy couple, “Let me tell y’all about my best friend, he earned that ish.”

And you can’t really blame Matthews for being so excited. In a profile on Mahomes published shortly after the deal went public, GQ revealed that the quarterback and his girlfriend didn’t exactly live a life of luxury in his first season with the Chiefs. Indeed, the young couple spent an entire year residing in the guest bedroom of the house owned by Matthews’ father.

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All the social media gushing continued a month later when Mahomes took to Instagram to wish his girlfriend a happy birthday. The quarterback uploaded a pic of the smiling pair sitting next to each other clutching water bottles in a gym. Alongside the hashtag #MyBabe, he captioned it, “Happy 25th birthday to the best one!”

Understandably, the loved-up couple made the most of their time together during the 2020 NFL off-season. After signing his colossal deal with the Chiefs, Mahomes headed to Lake Tahoe with Matthews for a relaxing getaway with friends. And the pair can be seen in the water embracing each other in one particular Instagram snap, captioned “Forever.”

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But just when you thought that Matthews and Mahomes’ year couldn’t get any more perfect, along came another major life-changing moment. In September 2020 – after eight years together – the pair finally got engaged. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the happy couple decided to reveal the big news on what else but Instagram.

Mahomes first let the cat out of the bag on an Instagram story showing off Matthews’ engagement ring. The NFL star added a kissing emoji to the post which he tagged his new fiancé in. Matthews herself gave more details about the proposal on her own Instagram account. And it turns out that the quarterback is quite the romantic.

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Mahomes popped the question using an array of marquee lights before treating Matthews to a candle-lit dinner. The fitness guru gushed on Instagram, “My heart is so full! I love this man so incredibly much and today was so so special!” Mahomes added, “Couldn’t imagine this day being any more perfect.”

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