PHOENIX — It was right before halftime of Sunday’s Super Bowl.. The Chiefs’ quarterback was beaten by Philadelphia at 21-14. Patrick Mahomes And landed on the already-tender leg.

Mahomes He labored to rise. He finally got up and tilted his head in a grimace before he walked gingerly towards the sideline. His Andy Reid was the coach. Mahomes’s backup, Chad Henne, to start warming up.

Halbtime Mahomes He wanted to address his team before he went into treatment. He didn’t like how they behaved and told them in fiery words to bring their energy back and let loose.

His ankle?

“We put new tape on there and did some movement to get some mobility in it,” Mahomes Monday, “It was something that I was going to play through.”

Against Jacksonville four weeks ago, Mahomes He suffered from a high ankle sprain and was sent to the locker room for X-rays. Reid refused to allow Reid back into the game. Mahomes He returned and led Kansas City to victory. However, he was obviously hurt against Cincinnati Bengals in A.F.C. Champions game

Reid chose to agree with his quarterback this time.

“He grew up in a locker room,” Reid stated. “He’s seen the greats, and he strives to be the greatest. Without saying anything, that’s the way he works. He wants to be the greatest player ever. That’s what he wants to do, and that’s the way he goes about his business.”

Reid was grateful for that Mahomes For the second half, came out with purpose. He went 13 of 14, passing for 93 yard and two touchdowns. Super Bowl victory. He said that his performance alone wasn’t what made him great as a quarterback.

“When it’s time for the guys around him to raise their game, he helps them with that,” Reid stated. “The great quarterbacks make everybody around him better, including the head coach, so he’s done a heck of a job.”

Imagine Willis Reed stiff-legging for Game 7 in the 1970 N.B.A. Finals, despite having a pulled muscle in his right leg. Michael Jordan, who was afflicted by flu symptoms but managed to score 38 points against the Utah Jazz in Game 5.

Mahomes’s performance on a tender ankle throughout the playoffs is perhaps more impressive than the gaudy statistics he has put up in his first five years as a starter.

Only 27-years old, he won two Super Bowls, and was the Most Valuable Player. Mahomes was named the N.F.L.’s M.V.P. This is his second season as the N.F.L. M.V.P. He was All-Pro 3 times, and he has been selected for 5 Pro Bowls. He has been the leader in league touchdowns twice and set a new record for receiving, passing and rush yards per season with 5,614.

“M-V-Pat,” Travis Kelce was one of his favourite targets and he has been crowned by him. “He’s going to be the best to ever do it when it’s all said and done and is the best to do it right now.”

Mahomes He grew-up in a locker and shadowed his father Pat in Major League Baseball clubhouses all 11 years of his career as a pitcher. As a gym rat, he is well-versed in the dynamics of the athletes within the community. He knows that chemistry can make the difference between being good or great.

After the win, immediately return to your locker room. MahomesStill in his pads for almost 10 minutes, he hugged every teammate and coach, shaking hands, and hugging them all.

He was more frustrated than angry with his teammates at halftime — the Eagles had effectively kept the ball out of his hands in the first half, gobbling up more than 21 minutes, or two thirds, of the clock.

“We just challenged each other, man, to leave everything out there, and I don’t want to say we played tight in the first half, but you didn’t see that same joy that we play with,” Mahomes said. “And I wanted guys to just know that everything we worked for is for this moment.”

They were attentive and scored 24 points in the second half.

Mahomes It is still in its infancy and not yet fully developed. His Second Super Bowl championship puts him alongside a who’s who of N.F.L. quarterbacks — Jim Plunkett, Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Eli Manning, Roger Staubach and Ben Roethlisberger.

He has his sights set on the most important player of all-time, Tom Brady who recently retired.

“It’s going to be tough,” He told reporters about catching Brady. “I mean, seven Super Bowl victories, 10 Super Bowls. There’s a reason why he’s so far ahead of everybody else. It’s hard to do, but I’ll do my best to chase it.”

He is not going to let his complacency and his ankle stop him from pursuing his goal to become the greatest.

“We’ll continue to rehab, continue the treatment that we were doing, and just give it some rest. I think the best thing for it is going to be rest,” Mahomes said. “One thing that might take a hit is my golf game.”