Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes recently threw out a number for how many years he wants to keep playing football. Which would give him an NFL career that would outlast most players in the football franchise. It might be a lofty goal for some, but Mahomes is on the path to actually see it happen.
Patrick Mahomes Wants 15 More Years In The NFL
Mahomes recently told deadspin.com that he wants to play in the NFL as long as he can. And he believes that playing 15 more years isn’t out of the question. Though, being the amazing team leader that this guy is, Mahomes had a caveat. He said he doesn’t want to play so long that he starts to hurt his team by being there.
Many professional athletes retire before they get to the age of 40. Since Patrick Mahomes is currently 28 years old, 15 more years would have him retiring at the age of 43. Putting him on the short list of players who stay in the game into their fourth decade of living. When compared to other quarterbacks, Mahomes is well on his way to achieving this longevity goal.
Let’s compare him to another great quarterback, Tom Brady. Brady played his last season in 2023, when he was 45. Although not the oldest quarterback in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Brady was the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL. And he was six years older than the next oldest NFL starter, Aaron Rodgers, time.com reported.
When we put Mahomes’s career up against Brady’s, we can see that Mahomes is a few years ahead of where Brady was at this time, deadspin.com pointed out. At 28 years old, this year’s Super Bowl will be the fourth for Mahomes. Brady was 30 when he hit the same milestone in his career.
But Mahomes didn’t say he wanted to necessarily outplay other quarterbacks or collect more rings. He simply said he wants to last in professional football for another 15 years. And we think that’s totally doable for the young athlete. The question is, where would he spend those last five years?
Mahomes Doesn’t Have 15-Year Contract With The Chiefs
In 2020, Mahomes’s signed an extension contract with Kansas City that confirmed he’d play for the Chiefs for another ten years, putting him into the 2031 season with the Chiefs. Right now there’s nothing in stone for as long as Mahomes wants to play. So where he would spend that last years of his career is anyone’s guess. However, if the Chiefs don’t extend his contract for that long, Mahomes wouldn’t be the first NFL quarterback to spend the last few years of his career on a different team.
When thinking about former quarterbacks you were sure had a career into their 40s, you might think of names like Dan Marino, John Elway, Steve Young or Joe Montana. But they all retired at the age of 38. Even Peyton Manning didn’t make it to his 40th birthday before retirement.
If Patrick Mahomes does play another 15 years in the NFL and retire at the age of 43, he would be included in a very small club of players who played past the age of 40. Here are some other famous quarterbacks who made it that long. – Wendy Rush