With the Big 12 Conference continuing to expand its reach at the professional level with players like Brock Purdy and Patrick Mahomes facing off in Super Bowl 58, both quarterbacks were asked to reflect on their time in the Big 12.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes made his opinion on the Big 12’s impact at the NFL level known by saying, “It shows that the Big 12 has made a stamp on the NFL.”
Mahomes continued by saying, “I’m extremely excited about it. I remember when I first got to the Super Bowl, I think I was like the first Big 12 quarterback to get here and so now we’ve kind of dominated the Super Bowls with Big 12 quarterbacks.”
Mahomes and the Chiefs have a unique ability in Super Bowl 58 with a chance to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. Kansas City had a chance to repeat in Super Bowl 54 and Super Bowl 55, but after beating San Francisco in their first Super Bowl, the Chiefs suffered a loss at the hands of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s something that when I first came out, it was like ‘A Big 12 quarterback doesn’t work in the NFL and now we’re all over the playoffs and all over the league,” Mahomes said. “It shows that we’re continuing to get better there and even though all the other schools are going to these other Power 5 conferences, the Big 12 will still have their stamp on the game.”
While Purdy and Mahomes narrowly missed out on playing each other in college, the matchup between the former Cyclone and Red Raider will be a site to see for fans of the Big 12 Conference, and football fans everywhere.