Patrick Lavon Mahomes II is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes, he initially played college football and baseball at Texas Tech. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. In his junior year, he led all NCAA Division I FBS players in multiple categories including passing yards and total touchdowns. He was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes spent his rookie season as the backup to Alex Smith. He was named the starter in 2018 after the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins. That season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.