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Patrick Mahomes says brotherhood with teammates off the field leads to results on the field

Patrick Mahomes
Posted at 7:32 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 08:32:58-04

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — When Patrick Mahomes and his fellow offensive players reported to training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, last month it was after what appeared to be a busy off-season full of fun.

From awards shows, to the Stanley Cup Finals, to riding horses in the ocean, Mahomes seemed to be everywhere. And at nearly every stop, the star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs was with a teammate.

“It was really cool to absorb some of that stuff and get to do it with a lot of teammates and friends and be a part of it,” Mahomes said on the first day of training camp.

The highlights of his off-season included going to wide receiver Gehrig Dieter’s wedding, where cameras caught him and tight end Travis Kelce having fun.

The three men were all at a U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team match versus Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Mahomes and Deiter seemed to be having fun showing off their swings at Top Golf in a video Mahomes posted to his Twitter account in January.

The real surprise came when Mahomes, Deiter, Kelce, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and former Chief Chris Conley were all riding horses together last month in the ocean in the Caribbean nation of Turks and Caicos.

“I hadn't ridden a horse since I was 8-years-old,” Mahomes said. “It was cool to get up on there and go in the ocean. I didn't know horses liked to swim, but I guess they do.”

Mahomes said all the off-season fun had a serious side. Building chemistry off the field with a person translates to success on the field.

“You can know what they're going to do when they run their routes, or know what they want, know what kind of ball they want thrown to them,” Mahomes listed as some of the things he learned while playing catch on the beach in the Caribbean.

But rest assured, Mahomes stressed he spent plenty of time this off-season focused on football. And he’s ready for the relationships and hard work to pay off when it matters most.

Fans can’t wait to see how those relationships materialize on the field. They are so eager, in fact, that they are breaking attendance records for training camp. The Chiefs announced the top four most attended non-stadium, training camp practices took place this summer.

1. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019: More than 8,200 fans.
2. Saturday, July 27, 2019: More than 8,000 fans.
3. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019: More than 7,400 fans.
4. Sunday, July 28, 2019: More than 7,000 fans.

The previous attendance record was 6,200 fans during a family fun day on Saturday, July 26, 2014. A practice in 2010 at Missouri Western State University’s Spratt Stadium drew more than 10,000 fans, according to the Chiefs.