Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes got in on a new Twitter trend and says based on high school and college careers, he’d get cut over Johnny Manziel and Vince Young.
It seems there is a new Twitter trend every five seconds. It can be exhausting to know what dance we should be doing, what hashtag we should be using and what lame list of facts we should be posting about ourselves.
I don’t care about the five jobs you’ve had. Oh, you worked at Six Flags while you were in high school? Fascinating.
Okay, “get off my lawn” rant over. We’re all pretty bored right now so taking part in a Twitter trend isn’t so bad. The latest trend is to take three athletes and decide who to “start,” “bench” or “cut” based on certain criteria. An example would be:
“Start one, bench one and cut one based on their prime; Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant.”
Super imaginative, I know.
It can be interesting, however, depending on how you frame the question. Here is one that even got a fun reply from Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes is already a better pro than Manziel turned out to be and he had more touchdowns in his first season starting than Vince Young had in his entire career. When it comes to college and high school production, however, is Mahomes right that he would be cut? Let’s take a look.
Manziel put up great numbers in high school at Tivy High School in Kerrville, TX, throwing for over 7,000 yards to go with 76 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions. He also rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored another 77 touchdowns on the ground.
In his two years in college at Texas A&M, Manziel produced 7,820 yards passing, with 63 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and added 2169 yards on the ground and an additional 30 rushing scores. He also won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Simply ridiculous.
Young was a similarly prolific high school player, accounting for 12,987 of total offense in his three years starting at Madison High School in Houston, Texas. Young went on to play college ball for Texas, throwing for 6040 yards and 44 touchdowns in three seasons. He was especially dangerous on the ground, rushing for 3127 yards and 37 touchdowns. In 2005, Young led the Longhorns to a National Championship victory over USC.
Mahomes, on the other hand, didn’t even start playing quarterback until his junior year. Despite the handicap, he threw for 8458 yards and 96 touchdowns. That is more touchdowns and passing yards than Manziel and he did it in two years compared to Manziel’s three.
While clearly a more successful passer than Manziel, Mahomes wasn’t as much of a duel threat as Manziel, rushing for “only” 1198 yards and 21 touchdowns.
In college at Texas A&M, Mahomes was prolific in the program’s “Air Raid” offense. He threw for 11,252 yards and 96 touchdowns and added 845 yards on the ground to go along with 22 touchdowns. He never won the Heisman and wasn’t able to sniff a National Championship while leading the Red Raiders.
While the three players were pretty close in production in high school, it is clear that Manziel and Young had better college careers.
Mahomes’ tweet garnered some interesting responses from his followers.
Finally, one user noted that despite this “setback,” things turned out all right for Mahomes.