From one Super Bowl champion to another, Patrick Mahomes wanted to take a moment to thank Ben Roethlisberger as someone he looked up to for years. Mahomes likely faced off against Roethlisberger for the final time Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback appears set to call it a career after 18 seasons.
Mahomes and Roethlisberger shared a lengthy conversation after the Kansas City Chiefs’ 42-21 wild card win on Sunday night, likely sharing their memories battling each other as Roethlisberger may have played his final game.
“He’s a tremendous player that I have a ton of respect for. The way he plays the game, the competitor that he is, you can’t take that stuff for granted,” Mahomes said. “To be able to battle to the very end every single year – he’s won Super Bowls. He’s a guy that I’ve watched growing up, I have a ton of respect for him and that’s what I told him, that if this is his last game, he did it the right way. Everybody knows that and you show him a ton of respect going out there.”