Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday after leading his team to a 31-20 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers, but whether he won or lost the game, the 24-year-old star was going to remain faithful to his primary purpose — glorifying God with his effort and conduct, according to WDAF-TV.
Mahomes has spoken publicly in the past about how he was raised in the Christian church. Unlike many people his age, he has not departed from that faith even as he rises to the highest levels of fame and athletic achievement.
"Faith has always been big with me," Mahomes said, days before the Super Bowl. "Obviously I want to win every game, but I'm glorifying [God] every single time I'm out there."
That foundation of faith and purpose reminds him that the result of a game is never the most important thing in his life — and may have allowed him to keep his composure when his team was trailing 20-10 in the third quarter, and Mahomes threw his second interception of the night.
"As long as I'm doing everything the right way and the way that He would want me to do it, then I can walk off the field with my head held high and be able to be the man that I am," Mahomes said Friday.
The Chiefs went on to score 21 straight points to win the game and the championship.
"We never lost faith," Mahomes said after the game, according to ESPN. "That's the biggest thing. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down. We believed in each other. That's what we preached all year long."
Not only does Mahomes' faith help him succeed in his career and life, but his example may lead countless others to know Christ.
"I mean, if someone looks up to a person and they are a Christian and, say the person looking up to them is not a Christian, I think there's great impact in that," Pastor Jon Purkey, who shares a barber with Mahomes, said. "Maybe it will lead them to find out who Christ is."