NFL News: Patrick Mahomes Says It's Not All About The Money

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Ernesto Cova

Patrick Mahomes' massive contract set the standard for what superstar quarterbacks should strive for going forward.

But as much as he cashed in a couple of seasons ago, his mega-deal could be insignificant three or four years from now, as younger stars will continue to cash in and make the most of this inflated market value.

He's Set For Life

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That's why he's not bothered by the fact that he's no longer the highest-paid player in the league. He knows he's got more money than he could spend in a lifetime, so that's not what makes him wake up every morning:

"If you're ticked off making all the money that I'm making, you're probably a little bit messed up," Mahomes said in Peter King's Football Morning in America. "I know I'm going to be taken care of for the rest of my life. Being in this organization and being on the platform that the NFL has given me, I've been able to make money off the field as well."

It Means More To Him

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Instead, the Chiefs star wants to build a legacy on the gridiron and off the field. All the money and perks are great, but that's not his biggest motivation:

"If you watch some of the great quarterbacks, man, it's not always about getting the most money. It's about going out there and winning and having a legacy that you can kind of live with forever. For me, that's what I want," Mahomes added.

Mahomes Wants To Win

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Pat already knows what it's like to be on both ends of a Super Bowl. That's why he wants to be on top of the world again and continue to build a Hall of Famer résumé:

"Obviously, I want to make money and be able to buy everything I want and all that different type of stuff, but that's not the reason I started playing football," Mahomes concluded. "The reason I started playing football was to win Super Bowls, to enjoy these relationships that I'm building on this field with all my friends who are my teammates. I think at the end of the day if I do that, I'll be a happy guy in the end."

He'll Be On The Spotlight

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The Chiefs' offense will look quite different next season, but Pat will continue to do Pat things.

Not having Tyreek Hill will put more pressure on him and Travis Kelce, and some claim that he could even get exposed, and the league will figure it out once and for all.

But then again, we've been hearing all that noise for years and Mahomes never ceases to amaze, so we can't wait to see what new trick he's added to his repertoire as he enters year 6 in the league.