Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes discussed ‘competitive fire’ ahead of matchup vs. Tyreek Hill

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The high-powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs in previous seasons was led by the All-Pro efforts of their skill players. A player who was no longer part of the team and contributed significantly to the offense’s success was wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The All-Pro speedster has continued to dominate in his position as a member of the Miami Dolphins. He left an impression on the Chiefs during his tenure and is returning to Kansas City this Saturday for a postseason game against former teammates like quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The reigning league MVP revealed the status of his relationship with Hill and his love for competition during his Tuesday press conference.

“I’m excited for it,” Mahomes said. “I have not heard from Tyreek (Hill) this week. I don’t know if we’ll be talking this week, but I’ve talked to him every once in a while. I know he’s excited. He’ll be excited to come to Arrowhead. But this week, I won’t talk to him as much. I’ll say.”

Hill was one of the most accomplished players in Chiefs history, having earned six Pro Bowl selections, three first-team All-Pro nods, and a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s before being traded in 2022. He immediately signed a four-year, $120 million extension, including $72.2 million in guaranteed money with the Dolphins following the trade, adding two more Pro Bowl seasons to his resume.

“Yeah, I mean, we’re competitors,” Mahomes explained. “At the end of the day, you see me guys like Maxx Crosby. You see me, I have that fire, that competitive fire, and you’re on the football field. And he’s he’s the same way. It’s what makes him so great.

“You are still friends in the offseason. But when you play on the field, you’re trying to compete to win. That’s just kind of how it is. And I’m excited for the opportunity for our defense. I’m excited for the opportunity for our team to go against a great football team.”  The competition will be fierce for the wild card playoff matchup as the personal, friendly rivalry between the teammates will take a backseat to the goal of winning a championship.


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