On this date 24 years ago, the future of the NFL was born.
Patrick Mahomes II, a native of Tyler, Texas, was born on September 17, 1995, to Randi Mahomes and former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes. He participated in multiple sports growing up, including baseball, but ultimately settled on a life in football – which we should all be thankful for.
The young star quickly blossomed in the NFL after playing college football at Texas Tech. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, made his first start for the team later that season, and in 2018, was named NFL MVP.
The sky is the limit for the now-24-year-old, who has received the praise of the legends at his position, including Tom Brady and Drew Brees. The talented quarterback and style icon, who fell just short in last year's AFC Championship game, has his sights set on Super Bowl LIV.
In honor of Mahomes's birthday, take a look back at his trajectory from young multi-sport athlete to NFL superstar – including some of the best throwback photos on his Instagram:
Patrick Mahomes's life and football career
Patrick Mahomes's life and football career
Polo down since I was a baby! #Tbt #babypic
Me and my cousin Brayden #tbt
Thankful for the woman who gave me life today! #50HappyDays #Day20
The day I met the man himself. Derek Jeter a great inspiration! #tbt
Elite 11 camp! #greatday
Take me back to 7on7 so I can do this whole year again #dub #memories
American state bank player of the year! #blessed #grateful
Senior year!!!! #catsnation #turnup #classof2014
Prom with the best prom date you could ask for! ♥️😎♥️ #Prom2k14
About a month away until I move in! #gunsup #TTU18
On that grind again! ⚾️
Happy Valentine's Day to my two favs! ❤️
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) passes in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Texas Tech’s success this year rests on the shoulders of its junior QB. Last year, Mahomes led the Big 12 in pass attempts (573), passing yards (4,653), passing touchdowns (36), total yards (5,109) and total touchdowns (46). (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II stands on the sidelines after getting injured during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II celebrates after Tech defeated Baylor in an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. Texas Tech won 54-35. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 3, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: The Kansas City Chiefs select Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech with the 10th pick at the 2017 NFL Draft at the 2017 NFL Draft Theater on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
This moment right here!!! Thank you to everyone who has show me support through the years! Glad to be apart of #ChiefsKingdom
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 07: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass during the Chiefs Rookie Camp on May 7, 2017 at One Arrowhead Drive in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) signals before throwing to Marcus Kemp for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback quarterback Alex Smith, right, stands on the sideline with backup quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, in the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Seattle. The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the league's nastiest, youngest defenses but also the specter of instability with first-round pick Patrick Mahomes waiting to succeed QB Alex Smith. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) stands with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. The countdown to the Mahomes era in Kansas City is down to six weeks, with no apparent caveats. The Chiefs' trade of Alex Smith to Washington becomes official in March, but already the Chiefs are preparing for life under a new QB. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass as Denver Broncos defensive back Dymonte Thomas (35) chases him during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver. The Chiefs’ hotshot quarterback takes his record-setting show to Denver on Monday night to face the Broncos, the team he made his debut against in Week 17 last season. But whereas that game was mostly meaningless, with Kansas City assured of its playoff positioning and the Broncos’ season over, the trip back holds plenty of significance for both clubs. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
Focus... #TeamBose #SoundSport wireless
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, unseen, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. With the throw, Patrick Mahomes joins Peyton Manning & Tom Brady as the only players with 50+ pass touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with Travis Kelce #87 after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 20: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) on the sidelines in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on January 20, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Patrick Mahomes attends Miami Heat v New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 07: Patrick Mahomes steps up to the plate while playing in the celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium during the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City on June 07, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the bench against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)