Patrick Mahomes embracing role as NFL figurehead, using position to advocate voter registration

As a face of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has a unique opportunity to spark change, and the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback said he plans on using his newfound voice to address racial inequality, not just in the league, but also throughout the country.“I’m blessed to have this platform, why not use it?” Mahomes said on Wednesday, just six days after he united with other NFL stars to send a passionate message to the league about racial inequality. “I know I have this platform. I know everyone’s not going to agree with it, but I’m going to do my best to make the world a better place and this is the right moment to do it.”Mahomes said he’s already visited with Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about ways he can advocate change.“We needed to come together as a group, as players, and show that we believe that black lives matter and that we believe this needs to be informed, and we need to be the role models to go out there and take that step,” Mahomes said.“Obviously, it was great to find the support that we’ve gotten from the Chiefs, from coach Reid, from Clark Hunt, Mark Donovan. I’ve talked to Roger Goodell and he has shown his support to us. “It’s something where I’m always going to be informed in my decision and understand that there’s going to be good and there’s going to be bad. But if I believe something, and I truly believe it, I’m going to — like coach Reid says — let my personality show and I’m going to stand behind my words and I’m going to take whatever consequences that come with it. And hopefully they’re positive. But I’m going to be the best person I can be first, whatever that is.”To help create change, Mahomes has joined with Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu to spearhead an effort to promote voter registration.“We’ve talked about several things, nothing that is completely in stone, but voter registration was one big one that we really want to move forward with,” Mahomes said. “We’ve had initial talks with Clark and we’ve talked with Mark Donovan and we’ve set up a meeting for next week with our committee, with a lot of the players that are kind of leaders on our team, and we’re going to try to find the best way to give money or support or whatever it is to get as many people registered to vote so they can go and try to affect change in every way they feel possible.”Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he fully supports Mahomes’ and Mathieu’s efforts.“We have this great country, and these kids know how great this country is and they absolutely know how great it is,” Reid said. “All they want to do is make it better. They’re heading toward a program of voters registration and working through teaching and educating through with the voters registration, and that’s, again, we’re working through that as we speak here.”Mathieu thanked the Chiefs leadership for the supporting the push for voter registration.“If guys like myself and more guys like me can make voting ‘cool,’ if we can make that a trendy thing, we’re really changing the future,” Mathieu said. “We’re really setting these kids up for a great future. We’re really allowing these kids access to more opportunities. Offering these kids more education and more resources, and I think the way to do that is to put people in office that are going to do that. “Probably the most important thing is to vote, but a lot of folks don’t think that’s cool. Maybe we can make that a ‘cool’ thing again.”Chiefs officials said they are in the beginning phases of this effort, but the team expects to release more information in an official statement after a meeting with the players’ committee next week.

As a face of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has a unique opportunity to spark change, and the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback said he plans on using his newfound voice to address racial inequality, not just in the league, but also throughout the country.

“I’m blessed to have this platform, why not use it?” Mahomes said on Wednesday, just six days after he united with other NFL stars to send a passionate message to the league about racial inequality.

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“I know I have this platform. I know everyone’s not going to agree with it, but I’m going to do my best to make the world a better place and this is the right moment to do it.”

Mahomes said he’s already visited with Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about ways he can advocate change.

“We needed to come together as a group, as players, and show that we believe that black lives matter and that we believe this needs to be informed, and we need to be the role models to go out there and take that step,” Mahomes said.

“Obviously, it was great to find the support that we’ve gotten from the Chiefs, from coach Reid, from Clark Hunt, Mark Donovan. I’ve talked to Roger Goodell and he has shown his support to us.

“It’s something where I’m always going to be informed in my decision and understand that there’s going to be good and there’s going to be bad. But if I believe something, and I truly believe it, I’m going to — like coach Reid says — let my personality show and I’m going to stand behind my words and I’m going to take whatever consequences that come with it. And hopefully they’re positive. But I’m going to be the best person I can be first, whatever that is.”

To help create change, Mahomes has joined with Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu to spearhead an effort to promote voter registration.

“We’ve talked about several things, nothing that is completely in stone, but voter registration was one big one that we really want to move forward with,” Mahomes said. “We’ve had initial talks with Clark and we’ve talked with Mark Donovan and we’ve set up a meeting for next week with our committee, with a lot of the players that are kind of leaders on our team, and we’re going to try to find the best way to give money or support or whatever it is to get as many people registered to vote so they can go and try to affect change in every way they feel possible.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he fully supports Mahomes’ and Mathieu’s efforts.

“We have this great country, and these kids know how great this country is and they absolutely know how great it is,” Reid said. “All they want to do is make it better. They’re heading toward a program of voters registration and working through teaching and educating through with the voters registration, and that’s, again, we’re working through that as we speak here.”

Mathieu thanked the Chiefs leadership for the supporting the push for voter registration.

“If guys like myself and more guys like me can make voting ‘cool,’ if we can make that a trendy thing, we’re really changing the future,” Mathieu said. “We’re really setting these kids up for a great future. We’re really allowing these kids access to more opportunities. Offering these kids more education and more resources, and I think the way to do that is to put people in office that are going to do that.

“Probably the most important thing is to vote, but a lot of folks don’t think that’s cool. Maybe we can make that a ‘cool’ thing again.”

Chiefs officials said they are in the beginning phases of this effort, but the team expects to release more information in an official statement after a meeting with the players’ committee next week.