Patrick Mahomes admits he’s worn same pair of underwear for every game since joining NFL
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Many sport players have a good luck charm with them in games, and now one sportsman has revealed his rather unusual talisman.
The star of the Kansas City Chiefs, 28, confirmed his lucky charm in an appearance on the ManningCast on ESPN, revealing how the undergarments were gifted to the athlete by his wife Brittany, who he started dating in high school.
Speaking to Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, he said: “First, my wife, Brittany, got them for me, so I’m not throwin’ y’all down, but I have to wear ’em, ya know.”
The quarterback added that yes, the y-fronts do get washed between games, but joked that if he's on a streak he may not wash them.
He said: “I clean ’em. I wash ’em. Every once in a while, at least. I mean, if we’re on a hot streak, I can’t wash ’em, you know? I’ve gotta just keep it rolling.”
'Hot streak' indeed.
But Mahomes added that he intends to maintain his superstition, at least if he keeps winning.
He said: “As long as I’m winning football games, I’ll keep the superstition going.”
It's the first time that the athlete has himself admitted to the superstition, though one of his fellow players has previously hinted at the secret in February.
The former backup quarterback for the Chiefs Chad Henne revealed that he had seen the undergarments in the dressing room on multiple occasions.
He told The Adam Schefter Podcast: “He has a baseball background, so he has to have a certain thing each and every day,”
“He comes in, he does his work. His notes are written out a certain way. Same pair of underwear, which probably not a lot of people know, on game day. He’s been wearing it since I’ve been part of it.”
And while Mahomes couldn't confirm what brand of underwear they were, he could confirm what colour they are.
They are, of course, red.
He said: “They’re red. I’m not sure if they’re Hanes or if they’re Lululemon, but it’s one or two of those brands, and ever since he comes in the locker room — boom, it’s right there.
“I’ll be stretching, and like I said, you just glimpse up, and you’re like, ‘Damn, kid’s wearing them again.’
“This definitely has to be a superstition and a good-luck charm, for sure."