When you have a once-in-a-generation arm that allowed you to win MVP and Super Bowl MVP in your first two seasons, you don't necessarily have to rely on your legs. When you're surrounded by ridiculously fast talents like Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, speed is already quite available. And when you have a 114:24 touchdown to interception ratio in three years as a starting quarterback, people couldn't care less about your somewhat underwhelming 4.80-second 40-yard dash time.
However, even though all of the above is true about Patrick Mahomes, there are some things that apparently can still make him self-aware — perhaps self-conscious? — about his wheels. One of those things, evidently, is when a 40-year-old former quarterback records a better 40-yard dash time than when Mahomes was in peak shape.
Michael Vick, obviously, is not your run-of-the-mill athlete at quarterback. Heck, his 4.33 40-yard dash in 2001 is the same number that the aforementioned speedster Mecole Hardman ran at his combine in 2019. But when Vick is still recording a 4.72, which is faster than what guys like Josh Allen (4.75 seconds), Carson Wentz (4.77) and Dak Prescott (4.79) ran at their combines, it's a feat worth noting.
You may be thinking that a 4.80-second time for Mahomes seems a little slow based on what we see him do during games, and if so, you're like Hardman. However, Mahomes gave a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why this is the case.
That's a good experiment for you. Run a 40-yard dash and see how you do. Then, put a defender like Mahomes' divisional rival Joey Bosa on your tail and see how much your speed increases out of pure horror. I'd bet it shaves just a few milliseconds off that final number.
And last note: we should be very thankful that Mahomes does not run Vick's 4.33 40-yard dash. If he did, the NFL would be in a whole lot of trouble.