When Patrick Mahomes started the game at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, he did something no other person born, raised, and college-groomed in Texas had ever done, start at quarterback in a Super Bowl.
It is a very surprising fact that no other college in Texas has been able to groom one of their quarterback talents so well that they are able to make it to the Super Bowl. I get that other schools in Texas have National Titles and Conference Championships blah blah blah, but this towers over it all.
The mecca of the sport of football is the Super Bowl. And the biggest position on the field is quarterback. When I watched Mahomes started his first game at Texas Tech, I had no clue that this man would one day lead his NFL team onto the field on Super Bowl Sunday. This is something that no other college in Texas has ever been able to do.
Let’s take a look at some of the scrub quarterbacks these other schools have produced:
Baylor: Robert Griffin, Bryce Petty
Remember RG3? The Heisman trophy winner that set the football world on fire, the rookie of the year that led the lowly team in Washington to the playoffs? Well that guy has been a bench warmer for the past two seasons behind NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. As far as Bryce Petty, he plays for the Jets, ‘nuff said.
Houston: Andre Ware, Case Keenum
I had to include Dickinson, TX legend Andre Ware in this and because he is from THE Dickinson, TX (I happen to be from there myself), I will not slander the Heisman trophy winner who started a grand total of six games in four seasons for the Lions. Oddly enough, the small, undrafted, air raid Case Keenum is the only of only three QBs on this list to have made it to the championship round leading the Minnesota Vikings there in 2017 thanks to the Minnesota Miracle. Keenum has had an odd career as someone that no one thinks is good enough to be a starter but not bad enough to be a backup aka the Ryan Fitzpatrick tier.
TCU: Andy Dalton, Trevone Boykin
Aw yes Andy Dalton, the guy who’s hair matches his helmet. After leading TCU to a Rose Bowl victory, Dalton was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals to be their savior. On one hand, Dalton led the team to four straight playoff trips, on the other hand he’s 0-4 in those playoffs throwing for one touchdown and six interceptions total and got his head coach fired. Largely thanks to former Red Raider Sonny Cumbie, Trevone Boykin came very close to leading TCU to the first ever college football playoff, but as far as the NFL goes, he played two seasons holding the clipboard for Russell Wilson.
Honorable Mention: Yes I know that Davey O’Brien is one of the NFL’s greatest QBs ever and won two NFL championships but that was before the Super Bowl era so it doesn’t count. Sucks to suck.
Texas: Vince Young, Colt McCoy
Vince might just be the greatest Texas college QB ever, but did he win a Super Bowl? I don’t think so. In fact his NFL career ended shortly after this picture.
Young spent four years in Tennessee and went from highlight reel VY to Jeff Fisher’s scapegoat, after that tumultuous time, he signed to be a backup on the Eagles where he labeled them the “Dream Team.” That same team went 8-8 and Young never suited up for a regular season game again. Colt McCoy however, is somehow still in the NFL. He’s been the primary backup for Washington for the past six seasons after spending three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, but when your teams are the Browns and the team in Washington, your success will be limited anyway.
Texas A&M: Ryan Tannehill, Johnny Manziel
Only the Aggies would have their best NFL QB to date be a former wide receiver. Tannehill is actually from the Lubbock area so I won’t slander him too much, but after also getting his coach fired and himself released he’s rejuvenated his career by knowing how to hand the ball off to Derrick Henry better than his predecessor. Tannehill made it all the way to the AFC championship game this year and could’ve had an article like this about him on Good Bull Hunting if only he hadn’t blown multiple 10-point leads in that game, but who can blame him when the the other quarterback is the man, the myth, the legend himself. As far as Manziel is concerned:
Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury, Graham Harrell
I know I’m supposed to only talk about these other inferior schools, but I thought I should shout out these other two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. Kingsbury won the 2003 Super Bowl while with the Patriots. Sure he was on Injured Reserve and didn’t play the whole season, but his wisdom inside the quarterback room was what Tom Brady needed to win that year. Graham Harrell was apart of the 2010 Green Bay Packers’ championship team, where he spent the year being the best clipboard holding third string QB in the NFL. Sure you could say they would’ve won the Super Bowl anyway, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers haven’t won a Super Bowl since Harrell’s been gone, coincidence? I don’t think so.
What more can I say about Showtime Mahomes? He’s set NCAA records, set NFL records, won the NFL MVP, and now the Super Bowl MVP. He’s a Super Bowl champion so by proxy, all of us Texas Tech grads are Super Bowl champions, your little mediocre schools in Austin, College Station, Fort Worth, Houston and Waco could never.