The NFL is quickly becoming a league of up and coming quarterbacks, and there is one who is already in the MVP conversation. Patrick Mahomes II stepped into the Kansas City Chiefs starting QB role and doesn't look like he'll leave for a while. The Chiefs are 3-0, and this week Mahomes II made a statement against the San Francisco 49ers. A flawless performance of 24-38, with 3 TD, 314 yards and 0 INT. In fact, no INT for the year with 13 TDs. The Chiefs have already won two road games in the AFC and look like the potential class of the AFC. Mahomes II was the 10th overall pick in 2017 while the front office game him a year to acclimate, it looks like it's paid off. Is he the Chiefs QB to take them to their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV? A proud franchise hopes so. Mahomes II is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
The unlikeliest of NFL heroes has emerged as a leader for a 2-0 team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expected to be a third tier team this year, and the prognosis only got worse when star Bucs QB Jameis Winston was suspended for the first three games. Enter Ryan Fitzpatrick. A.k.a. Fitzmagic. The Harvard star has more resembled Johnny Unitas than fellow Harvard graduate John F. Kennedy in defeating the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Fitzpatrick only threw 6 incompletions in 33 attempts (that's 27/33) with 4 TD passes and an amazing 402 yards. This followed a victory over the New Orleans Saints with 4 TD and 417 yards the week prior. That's two of the six NFC playoff teams. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick's career has been given up for dead many, is now an MVP candidate at worst. And is a deserving Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
Doing something in your sport that nobody else in your country has ever done. Winning your first major / grand slam title. And beating one of the, if not the greatest player to ever play your sports. Check, check, check for our Sportswoman of the Week. Naomi Osaka of Japan (actually from Osaka, Japan) defeated Serena Williams in straight sets to win the United States Open. The 20 year old future star only gave up six games total (6-2, 6-4) to the American legend in the final, and throughout the two week tournament, only dropped a set. It was amazingly only Osaka's second tour win as she rose to number 7 in the world. Fans are already excited for a potential rematch in future major tournaments, but for now Osaka can enjoy being the Sportswoman of the Week!
College Football is back! And with all the excitement and pageantry that fans love. One of the big marquee matchups of the first week featured Big 12 power West Virginia facing off against SEC traditional power (but not so much lately) Tennessee. It was West Virginia and their Heisman hopeful Will Grier that dominated for a 40-14 trouncing. Grier lit up the Vols defense for 429 yards on a 25/34 performance and an astounding 5 TD with no INT. He found 11 different Mountaineers open in the Vols secondary and made quick work of the rebounding Tennessee program. Note that the SEC claims the Big 12 can't play good defense. Well when you have a QB as good as Grier, it's tough to stop him. Will Grier is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!