As Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to do what only one team managed to do in the regular season and defeat Patrick Mahomes, the six-time Super Bowl champion warned future foes that the Kansas City Chiefs star is only going to get better.
Brady and the Bucs face Mahomes and the Chiefs in a mouth-watering Super Bowl LV matchup in Tampa on Sunday.
Mahomes is trying to cap a spectacular start to his career as an NFL starter with a second successive Lombardi Trophy, having led the Chiefs back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV last year.
That game saw him add a Super Bowl MVP to the regular-season MVP award he won in his first year as a starter with the Chiefs.
His incredible achievements have many believing Mahomes is on his way to potentially dethroning Brady as the greatest quarterback of all time.
And Brady expects Mahomes – who was rested in Week 17 when Kansas City were beaten by the Los Angeles Chargers – to build further on an astonishing three seasons in the years to come.
Brady on Super Bowl LV rival Mahomes
Asked about Mahomes’ progress from their meeting in the AFC Championship game in January 2019, when Brady’s New England Patriots knocked off the Chiefs, the 43-year-old replied: “I think he’s only elevated from that point on.
“That year he was the MVP of the league, last year he came back and got off to a great start, dealt with some injuries, I know he separated his kneecap, that’s a pretty tough injury, but fought through that, didn’t have the same statistical year as he had in 2018, but goes on to win Super Bowl MVP.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2021
“That’s an amazing accomplishment to win MVP in 18, win the Super Bowl in 19 and then this year, to have the kind of year he’s had, which is probably more similar to the year he had in 2018. I just think he’s going to keep improving.
“I don’t know him that well, I know quite a few people that do know him and they say great things about Pat. The times that I’ve been around him I’ve really enjoyed.
“He’s got a great maturity, great leader, got great charisma. It always speaks a lot when the players he plays with say great things about him. He’s got a great relationship with his receivers, I think that always says a lot.
“I think there’s a lot of things that make him a great player, obviously his physical skill set. I think he’s got the ability to focus when the moments are the biggest and deliver for his team, that’s probably the mark of any great athlete is coming through in the clutch and I think he’s off to a great start in his career doing that.”