Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is already an elite NFL signal-caller at just 25 years of age, but that doesn't stop him from reaching out to veterans across the league.
In an interview with Kevin Clark of The Ringer, Mahomes said he receives advice from both Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers:
"I think people don't realize all us guys talk. I talk to Aaron, I talk to Tom and they're willing to give me advice. I'm still a young guy in this league. I'm still trying to learn how to continue to have success every single year, and so being able to talk like that with the guys is definitely a good thing."
Mahomes has seemingly put that advice to good use, earning three Pro Bowl selections, one NFL MVP award, one Super Bowl win and one Super Bowl MVP award in just three seasons as a starter.
Last season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl for a second consecutive year, and he was faced with the prospect of going up against Brady and the Bucs.
There was some thought that it would be a passing of the torch moment from Brady to Mahomes, but Brady showed he still had plenty left in the tank at the age of 43, leading Tampa to a 31-9 win for his seventh career Super Bowl title.
While it was far from an ideal end to Mahomes' season, there is no denying what he has accomplished during his short time in the league.
After mostly sitting behind Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017, Mahomes took over as the starter in his second season and won the NFL MVP award after throwing for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Mahomes and the Chiefs fell to Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game that season, but they bounced back the following year and went the distance, beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Given his upward trajectory, the Chiefs made Mahomes the highest-paid player in NFL history.
It would be easy for Mahomes to rest on his laurels and be happy with what he has already accomplished, especially since he has his massive contract, but it is clear he isn't satisfied.
Brady and Rodgers are two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time with eight Super Bowl wins and six NFL MVP awards between them, and there is no question any quarterback could learn plenty from them, including arguably the best in the league right now in Mahomes.
It stands to reason that Mahomes could have a chip on his shoulder entering the 2021 season given how 2020 ended, and if that is the case, it will be a scary proposition for the rest of the NFL.