Very few things in the NFL are given even for the best players out there. But for rookies entering the league, sometimes the hype surrounding them is so great, brands will throw themselves at the player's feet with lofty endorsement deals and the like.
The Kansas City Chiefs went to great lengths to trade up to 10th-overall and grab current starter Patrick Mahomes in last year's draft. But as we know, it was Alex Smith's year and Mahomes took the season to learn as the backup.
That didn't stop businesses from wanting to make him the face of every billboard in Kansas City. For Mahomes, he wouldn't bite on the offer to be made a star before he earned that status on the field.
The 22-year-old's agent, Leigh Steinberg, told ESPN that the goal upon arrival to the Chiefs was just to get acclimated and become a part of the team.
Per ESPN's Adam Teicher, "We intentionally didn’t do endorsements that would run in the Kansas City area even though they were offered," said Steinberg. "We didn’t want him to be on billboards and everything when he wasn’t even playing.”
With Alex Smith now out of the picture and in Washington, the former Red Raider has the keys to the offense featuring superstars in Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. If everything goes as planned, it won't be long before Mahomes can consider himself as the top player among that already loaded list of studs.