Winning a Super Bowl is an achievement in itself, but lifting the Lombardi Trophy in back-to-back years is a feat few NFL teams have accomplished.
The New England Patriots are the last team to win two consecutive Super Bowls, winning the title after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. A total of eight NFL franchises have won the big game in two consecutive seasons.
Patrick Mahomes is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached the title game three times in the past four seasons. When he reported to training camp on the Tuesday before the 2023 season, Mahomes expressed his hope that the Cheifs would be the last team standing again in February.
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«Everybody’s motivated by that,» Mahomes said Tuesday.
«You should be motivated to do it again. When you have that show, when you get through the offseason that I’ve been through, you’re going to want to do it again,» Mahomes said.
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On Wednesday, the Chiefs kicked off a three-day camp for quarterbacks and rookies. Full team practice is scheduled to begin over the weekend.
Mahomes added that he doesn’t take the opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl lightly.
«You only get those opportunities by winning the Super Bowl. So for us, we want to make sure that we can build and try to win that Super Bowl again because that moment, that feeling is something that you just wanted to take advantage of every single chance you get to do it. «.
The Chiefs defeated the Eagles in February in a thrilling Super Bowl LVII. Three years ago, Kansas City dominated the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV. They advanced to Super Bowl LV the following year, but suffered a 31-9 loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Despite experiencing a significant amount of success in recent season, Mahomes said he plans to do everything possible to keep the team motivated.
«This time I think I’m going to try to push and motivate the guys to keep trying to improve even though we’re winning football games,» Mahomes said. «We are not satisfied with winning [but also] find ways to improve each week.
The two-time All-Pro quarterback also recognized the level of difficulty the Chiefs will face in the AFC this upcoming season.
«Any time you get that opportunity, you don’t waste it. You really take it and it’s hard. I think it’s going to be the hardest it’s ever been… When you look at the AFC, there’s almost every team, you can see a way for make the playoffs. I know I said that every year, but I think this year is real. We know week after week that it’s going to be a challenge for us and let’s get better and try to win as many football games as possible and put ourselves in that position.»
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Mahomes also gave an update on the ankle he injured last postseason.
«It feels great,» he said. «I think even going in [offseason practice]I was still a little shy about running and cutting and doing things like that, but as I got closer to minicamp and the later stage of OTA, I got that confidence back in my ankle.
«I’ll make sure it’s ready to go and I think I’m in a good place.»