Patrick Mahomes: ‘It’s weird’ when Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, and I get criticism others don’t

“Obviously the black quarterback had to struggle to be in that position that we’re letting so many guys play in the league.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes took to the podium at training camp Friday and was asked about criticism of Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray over his now-removed contract addendum, which required independent study hours each week.

Mahomes was asked by KSHB Kansas City’s Aaron Ladd if he feels any different about being a black quarterback. Mahomes said he doesn’t want to take it that far, but he has been candid about the criticism he and fellow black QBs Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray are facing.

“Obviously the black quarterback had to struggle to be in that position with so many players playing in the league,” Mahomes said. “We prove every day that we should have played all the time. We have guys who can think just as well as their athletics. It’s always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar [Jackson], Kyler somehow gets it when other guys don’t. But at the same time, we’re going out there to prove ourselves every day and show that we can be some of the best quarterbacks in the league.”

Mahomes went on to admit he still feels he has a lot to prove.

“You always feel like you have more to prove,” he said. “I promise Tom Brady feels like he has more to prove. That comes with every sport, every competitor. If you don’t get better, you get worse. They build you up to tear you down. You kind of have to know that. For me it’s about how I can improve, not what other people say. How can I improve so we can go out and play soccer games? At the end of the day, nothing matters until you play on that football field and can prove who you are there every day.”

Kyler Murray recently signed a contract that obliges him to independently study game material for four hours a week. Speaking out Thursday, Murray called it disrespectful that people don’t consider him a student of the game. That day, the Cardinals removed that condition from his contract after distractions arose.

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