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Patrick Mahomes becomes part of Royals’ ownership group

Karl Zinke
karl.zinke@examiner.net

Patrick Mahomes just came into a lot of disposable income.

Now he has something to do with it.

The 24-year-old Kansas City Chiefs MVP quarterback was introduced as part of the Kansas City Royals' ownership group, the Major League Baseball team said in a news release Tuesday.

“We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise,” John Sherman, the Royals' chairman, CEO and principal owner, said in a statement. “Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field.”

Mahomes just agreed to a 10-year, $503 million contract with the Chiefs after leading them to a Super Bowl title in February. He was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season and was named Super Bowl MVP after the team’s 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

"I'm honored to become a part owner of the Kansas City Royals," Mahomes said in a statement released by the Royals. "I love this city and the people of this great town. This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I'm excited to do."

Mahomes also has an extensive past in baseball. His father is former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes, who played for 11 seasons for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. His godfather is former major league pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, a former teammate of his father who played 21 major league seasons.

Mahomes also played baseball extensively growing up, including two seasons at Texas Tech University, where he also played college football. Mahomes, who threw a 16-strikeout no-hitter in high school, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 draft. He was taken in the 37th round but likely would have gone higher if he hadn’t announced he was committed to playing football at Texas Tech.

Sherman, in his first year as the Royals' principal owner after buying the team from David Glass and his family, said Mahomes is very familiar with major league clubhouses from being there with his father.

“Consistent with the entirety of our ownership group, he has a deep commitment to Kansas City and a real passion for the game of baseball – dating back to his childhood,” Sherman said in the statement.

Mahomes joins the 22 investors in the ownership group, which includes "Modern Family" actor and Kansas City, Kan., native Eric Stonestreet and J.E. Dunn and family of Dunn Construction.

“He’s proven himself to be one of the top professional athletes and competitors anywhere, and he’s built a championship culture,” Sherman said. “He loves football, but he also grew up loving the game of baseball. We look forward to many years of a winning partnership.”