Last week, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sparked social media with his comment in regards to Chargers QB Justin Herbert after a spectator in attendance at the golf tournament heckled to watch out for the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Mahomes responded with: “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Days later, he cleared it up by saying he was only messing with the fanbase, adding that he has a ton of respect for Herbert.
At media availability on Monday, Herbert was asked what he thought about what Mahomes had said, and he responded in the classiest way possible.
“I think it’s pretty cool that Patrick Mahomes knows who I am,” Herbert said. “I’m cool with it. I have such great respect for what he’s been able to do, and I’ve watched him so much.”
Last season in an unexpected start in Week 2, Herbert still managed to take the Chiefs to overtime, where he put up quite the performance with 302 passing yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
That was the game where a star was born.
In 15 games, Herbert set new NFL rookie records with 31 passing touchdowns and 396 completions. He became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 30 touchdowns. He also led all rookies in passing yards (4,336) and completion percentage (66.6%).
The rivalry between Herbert and Mahomes should be a sight to see for years to come. The two meet up next in Week 3 on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.