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Pat Mahomes spotted the wizardry as it unfolded before him on the Arrowhead Stadium field, long before the 74,336 fans on hand for a 2018 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, and right before television analyst Tony Romo noticed it on the CBS broadcast.Mahomes’ son, Patrick, in his first season as starting quarterback for the Chiefs, had slipped a rusher in the pocket, taken a few quick steps to his right and, with his head and eyes facing straight downfield, flicked a pass to his left to Demarcus Robinson on a crossing pattern for a 17-yard gain.“When he did it, I looked back and said, ‘He just threw a no-look pass,’ and everybody was like, ‘No he didn’t,’ ” Mahomes said in a phone interview from his home in Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles east of Dallas. “Then we looked at the replay, and sure enough, he had.”How did the elder Mahomes, a former pitcher who played for six big league teams from 1992 to 2003, know in real time what had happened? Patrick Mahomes has attempted all sorts of unusual throws since he took over as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press) “I’m just following him, and I saw which way he was pointing,” said Mahomes, a former Texas all-state high school quarterback himself. “And when I saw him throw it, I said, ‘I’ve seen it before.’ ”Indeed, he had. It was in the third game of Patrick’s junior season at Whitehouse High, on a rainy Texas Friday night in September 2012, when Mahomes hit Coleman Patterson with a 12-yard, no-look toss against Sulpher Springs High, one of many highlights on a night Mahomes racked up 506 total yards.“It was very similar to the play against the Ravens — he was going to his right, and Coleman was running a crossing route to the left,” Pat Mahomes, 52, said. “A lot of the plays he’s making up there [in Kansas City], he was doing in high school, so I knew he was capable of doing stuff like that.“Now, I didn’t know he would have the guts to try it in an NFL game, but I’ve seen it all — the left-handed pass, the jump throw, the no-look pass — at the high school and college level, so that stuff doesn’t really surprise me.”The younger Mahomes has been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks since he took his first snap as the starter in 2018, averaging 4,791 passing yards and 38 touchdowns a season and leading the Chiefs to three Super Bowls in four years, including Sunday’s title game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Phoenix.The gunslinger stands tall in the pocket at 6 feet 3 and 227 pounds but might be more dangerous on the run, his ability to sense and escape pressure, throw from a variety of arm angles and improvise on the fly, leading to YouTube videos with titles such as “10 amazing plays from Patrick Mahomes that will leave you speechless.” The baseball skills of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes sometimes lead to the Chiefs quarterback throwing sidearm.(Ed Zurga / Associated Press) “You can tell by the way Patrick plays quarterback that he took pieces of his basketball, the jump throws and no-look passes, and pieces of his baseball, the different arm angles, and he put it all together in a package in football.” — Pat Mahomes, father of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes The no-look pass against the Ravens was the first of several the former Texas Tech star has thrown in the NFL. Mahomes once scrambled down the right sideline, avoided a tackler with a 360-degree spin at the five-yard line and, like a basketball player shooting a three-pointer, flipped a pass over another defender to Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the end zone.There was the diving, 30-yard heave while being chased from behind in the Super Bowl LV loss to Tampa Bay, a sidearm pass that fell incomplete but was notable because his body was parallel with the ground as he threw it. And the scoring pass to Chris Conley that came after Mahomes scrambled like Fran Tarkenton in the pocket for what amounted to 35.7 yards, according to Next Gen Stats.None of this would have been possible, Pat Mahomes said, if his son, now 27, hadn’t played three sports in high school, the quarterback also starring as a versatile guard on the basketball team and a shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team with an arm strong enough to pitch in relief for two seasons at Texas Tech.“You can tell by the way Patrick plays quarterback that he took pieces of his basketball, the jump throws and no-look passes, and pieces of his baseball, the different arm angles, and he put it all together in a package in football,” Mahomes said. “I think a lot of that has to do with him playing all those different sports.” Five-year-old Patrick Mahomes tracks a fly ball with Mets pitcher Mike Hampton in 2000 during practice at Shea Stadium, where Patrick was visiting with his dad Pat Mahomes before Game 3 of the World Series.(Kathy Willens / Associated Press) Yankees great Derek Jeter autographed this photo and gave it to little Patrick Mahomes, son of major league baseball player Pat Mahomes.(Courtesy of Pat Mahomes) Pat Mahomes, who was also a three-sport star in high school, is not a proponent of specializing in one sport but never had to force his son to diversify his athletic portfolio.“I didn’t have to,” said Mahomes, a right-hander who had a 42-39 career record and 5.47 ERA in 308 career big league games, 63 of them starts. “Whatever ball was near him, that was the one he was gonna play with.”Pat said he had an inkling by the time Patrick was 6 or 7 years old that his son would be a professional athlete, “but of course, I thought it was going to be baseball,” he said.Young Patrick was athletic and coordinated enough to shag batting-practice fly balls off the bats of Pat’s New York Mets teammates in the Shea Stadium outfield as a 4- and 5-year-old and hung out with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before Subway Series games in 1999 and 2000. And when Pat pitched for Texas in 2001, then-Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, in his first year of a 10-year, $252-million contract, would throw soft-toss to 6-year-old Patrick in the batting cages and give the youngster hitting tips.“He grew up in the clubhouse, he was always around the game, and he was always the best player on his baseball team,” Pat Mahomes said. “He was an unbelievable shortstop, he always led his team in hitting, and he threw 97 mph on the mound, so I always thought he was gonna be a baseball player.”Patrick’s baseball future looked so bright that his father urged him to quit football after his sophomore year of high school. Patrick had played quarterback on the Whitehouse freshman team, but injuries forced an early-season promotion to the varsity, where he played safety through his sophomore year.During a workout day at the University of Texas the following summer, a Longhorns assistant told Mahomes he would be recruited as a defensive back. Patrick Mahomes scrambles for a touchdown for his Whitehouse, Texas, High School team. “I said, ‘If you’re recruiting him as a safety, you’re not watching tape, because my son hasn’t tackled anybody in two years,’ ” Pat Mahomes said. “He can intercept the ball, but he’s not a tackler.“I just thought we were wasting time when he could have been working on the sports he would go to college for, baseball and basketball. Plus, I didn’t want him to get hurt.”An intervention from Patrick’s mother, Randi — she and Pat divorced in 2006, when Patrick was 11, but the two remain close — altered the course of Kansas City Chiefs history for the better.“His mom had a talk with him and told him that if he did quit, he would regret it, because he wouldn’t be on that field with the guys,” Pat Mahomes said. “She told him to pray on it and think hard about what he wanted to do, and God would give him the answers. I guess God told him to keep on playing.”Mahomes started at quarterback at Whitehouse as a junior and senior, passing for 8,458 yards and 96 touchdowns and rushing for 1,198 yards…

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