On Feb. 12, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback became the first Black quarterback in NFL history to win more than one Super Bowl with his compelling 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Previously, Mahomes led the Chiefs to victory against the San Francisco 49ers at the 2019 Super Bowl.
But before Mahomes had even touched the field at the 2023 Super Bowl—which was held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.—he and Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts had already made NFL history in more ways than one.
For example, Hurts, 24, and Mahomes, 27, were the youngest starting quarterback pair in Super Bowl history. The two were also the first Black quarterbacks to play against each other in the Super Bowl since the league's inception.
Reflecting on the historic match-up, Mahomes shared how felt about the game's significance in a Feb. 2 press conference.
"To have two Black quarterbacks start in the Super Bowl, I think it's special," Mahomes said, per NFL footage. "I've learned more and more about the history of the Black quarterback since I've been in this league. The guys that came before me and Jalen set the stage for this and now I'm just glad we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now. It'll be a great game against two great teams and against another great quarterback. I'm excited to go out there and do what we can against a great team."