Patrick Mahomes Earns Second-Career MVP Award at NFL Honors Ceremony


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is squarely focused on preparing to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, but while he sets his sights on a second Lombardi Trophy, the NFL recognized Mahomes as the league’s best.

Mahomes was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player during the league honors ceremony on Thursday, marking Mahomes’ second time earning the award and his first since 2018.

“It gives you a great application of this sport and the hard work that you put in every single day. I haven’t been up for the award the last few years, and that gave me an even better appreciation,” Mahomes said on Wednesday when asked what it meant to him to be a finalist for the award. “It’s something that at the end of my career, I want to look back at my career and say, ‘Man, I was able to win an MVP.'”

Mahomes topped the NFL in passing yards (5,250) and passing touchdowns (41) while leading the Chiefs to the best record in the AFC. He also led the league in passes of 25+ yards (49) and passing first downs (272).

The 27-year-old Mahomes is set to become the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start three Super Bowls on Sunday, and now with the league MVP award in-hand, Mahomes will take aim at another Lombardi Trophy.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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