Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will do anything to help his team win. In an age where sharing one's medical information and vaccination status has become such a controversial topic, it's a bit shocking when an athlete offers up the information.
On an appearance on The Drive radio show with Carrington Harrison on Monday, Mahomes said he recently received the COVID-19 booster shot so that he can be available for his team and also protect the community.
"So I've gotten the booster. I know it's still a rather new thing, but I try to just give myself the best opportunity to be available for my team and to keep everyone safe around me."
Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs rocked by COVID-19 cases
Patrick Mahomes has said, in the past, that he received the COVID-19 vaccination before the start of the season. With the rising cases of COVID-19 sweeping across the nation and through the professional sports world, keeping dilligent is key, especially as the NFL regular season winds down.
There were over 100 positive cases last week in the NFL, and the numbers continue to tick up this week as well. Three NFL games were rescheduled from last weekend to Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Mahomes is not only setting an example for his fans but also his teammates. Whatever he can do to help his team win, he will clearly do it. Staying healthy and off the COVID-19/Reserve list is a big challenge for all as of late. Mahomes said it was important to stay away from situations that could put people at risk.
“All you can do is try to distance yourself as much as possible,” he said. ”And then try to not put yourself in positions to get positive tests and stuff like that. I mean, it’s such a weird deal — especially if you look at the NFL, the NBA and everything going on around the world right now. COVID’s kind of spiked itself again.”
If the Kansas City Chiefs win out the final three weeks of the season, they will have successfully clinched the number one seed in the AFC playoffs.
Earlier this week, Mahomes's teammates, tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, both tested positive for the virus. Their status for this weekend's home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is still unclear.
The Chiefs are currently 10-4.