Before they entered the league as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL draft at sixth and 10th, respectively, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes first crossed paths while playing Texas high school football.
So when Kansas City won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Adams took to Twitter and congratulated Mahomes with an angle on the past.
Separated by an approximate two-hour car drive roughly 130 miles or so apart with Adams at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and Mahomes in Whitehouse High School, Adams and Mahomes came up along similar paths, which gave the Jets safety a glimpse into what the Chiefs quarterback was capable of.
"Always knew since high school he would be special," Adams said in a tweet.
A three-star recruit that the 247Sports Composite ranked as the No. 398 overall prospect, No. 22 pro-style quarterback and No. 50 player in Texas for the 2014 class, Mahomes stayed local and starred at Texas Tech from 2014-16. In 32 games, he completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 11,252 yards (8.3 per attempt) with 93 touchdowns to 29 interceptions.
After he essentially redshirted his rookie season in 2017 behind then-starter Alex Smith, the Chiefs turned to Mahomes as a sophomore for the 2018 campaign, becoming the NFL's MVP but falling short of the Super Bowl with the AFC Championship Game's 37-31 loss against the New England Patriots. A natural gunslinger as the son of former Mets RHP Pat Mahomes (1999-00), Mahomes capped another strong year under center for Kansas City by leading the fourth quarter's comeback victory from down 20-10, including two touchdown passes in the the final 6:13.
On the other side of the past few years, Adams was a four-star recruit as the 247Sports Composite's No. 32 overall prospect, No. 2 safety and No. 5 player in Texas for the 2014 class before heading to LSU from 2014-16. With the Tigers, Adams recorded 209 tackles (18 for loss), five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 36 games. The production has continued into the NFL with the Jets as Adams earned two Pro Bowl selections, sharing last year's MVP honors with Mahomes.