Patrick Mahomes throws shade at Chargers’ Justin Herbert: ‘I’ll see it when I believe it’


Chargers first-round pick Justin Herbert was electric in 2020, setting NFL rookie records for most touchdown passes (31), total touchdowns (36), completions (396) and 300-yard passing games (eight). Herbert nearly upset the Chiefs in his NFL debut in Week 2, losing to the reigning Super Bowl champs in heartbreaking fashion (are the Chargers capable of losing any other way?). The 6’6” gunslinger did eventually beat Kansas City—albeit without most of their starters in Week 17—impressing with four total touchdowns in a 38-21 Bolts rout.

Herbert’s budding rivalry with divisional foe Patrick Mahomes is still in its early stages, though Mahomes certainly added fuel to the fire during his appearance Sunday at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, an event attended by countless celebrities including Jerry Rice, Roger Clemens, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Stephen Curry, Justin Timberlake, Joe Buck, Charles Barkley and Mahomes’ longtime teammate, Travis Kelce.

“Watch out for Justin Herbert next year,” a spectator warned as Mahomes made his way down the fairway.

“I’ll see it when I believe it,” quipped Mahomes in response, quickly dismissing his Los Angeles counterpart. While Herbert’s accomplishments pale in comparison to Mahomes, a Super Bowl champion and former league MVP as well as the highest-paid player in NFL history, stoking the flames by spoon-feeding Herbert (who seemed pretty motivated already) free bulletin-board material seems ill-advised. Playing with a chip on his shoulder after falling to the sixth pick of the 2020 Draft behind fellow quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa (whose early Dolphins tenure has been a disaster), Herbert looked as dominant as any rookie in recent memory, committing just one turnover throughout L.A.’s season-ending four-game winning streak.

Mahomes finished 50th out of 87 players in Tahoe, well off the pace set by former NBA journeyman and later head coach Vinny Del Negro, who was crowned champion after defeating Baseball Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz in a sudden-death playoff. Del Negro dedicated the victory to his late father, Vincent, who passed away at 85 last week.

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