Look: Reigning NFL MVP Visits Police Academy as Part of National Police Week


At the start of last season, the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense was the envy of the league.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes seemed like the real deal, and the trio of tight end Travis Kelce, receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Kareem Hunt was as good a core group of skill position players as the NFL had ever seen.

Fast forward a year later: The disgraced Hunt has been exiled to Cleveland after a physical altercation with a woman was caught on camera, while Hill has been indefinitely suspended after disturbing audio linked to alleged child abuse surfaced. Kelce, while avoiding anything as sinister as Hunt and Hill, will turn 30 this upcoming season, and the shelf life of physical tight ends seems iffy at best.

But the league should still be a tad jealous of the Chiefs if only because Mahomes is still quarterbacking in Kansas City.

Still just 23 years old, Mahomes established himself as a premier superstar on the field after his 5,097 yards and 50 touchdown passes helped him win his first MVP award last season.

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What’s every bit as important as his on-field accolades, however, is that Mahomes seems to be a superstar off the field as well.

The latest example of that comes from a visit to the Kansas City Regional Police Academy on Tuesday during National Police Week.

According to The Kansas City Star, Mahomes was joined by fellow Chiefs quarterbacks Chad Henne and Chase Litton.

The quarterbacks even got to handle some police equipment.

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Now, Mahomes’ visit could very well have been a public relations stunt, but the words he had in praise of police officers suggest otherwise.

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“The things the police do for our community on a day-to-day basis and don’t get recognized for it,” Mahomes said, per The Star.

“It’s good to come out and support them because they support us in every single way,” he added.

That is an awesome sentiment and one that isn’t echoed nearly enough in a post-Colin Kaepernick NFL.

Mahomes, for his part, even teased the idea of joining the police after he hangs up his cleats, while still noting how difficult that would be.

“I definitely would think about it,” Mahomes said about possibly becoming an officer. “I know [Chiefs general manager Brett] Veach probably isn’t happy with me doing it any time soon. At the same time, it would be cool to see what they did on a day-to-day basis, but I know it’d be hard and grinding to put on that 80-pound vest and run around.”

For Mahomes, this continues a trend of exemplary off-the-field actions.

When Mahomes won his first MVP award, he immediately turned to thanking God.

“First, I just want to thank God because without him none of this would even be here,” Mahomes said.

Mahomes and the Chiefs, sans Hunt and possibly Hill, will look to rebound next season after an excruciating loss in the AFC championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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