Patrick Mahomes offered lifetime supply of ketchup for 57 TD passes
Patrick Mahomes evidently is too embarrassed to put ketchup on his steak when dining out at restaurants now that he’s a superstar. That information, gleaned from a recent profile of the Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback, inspired the world’s foremost ketchup company to offer up a lifetime supply of their product.
The terms are as follows: If Mahomes throws 57 touchdown passes this season — a monumentally daunting task — Heinz will provide the young signal-caller free ketchup for life. Of course, Heinz settling on 57 as the target number is not a coincidence, as that number has special meaning to the company.
Heinz took to Twitter to relay the offer.
Hey @patrickmahomes5, you give us 57 touchdowns, we’ll give you Heinz on your steak for life. https://t.co/UeZdmMZUnv
— Heinz Ketchup (@HeinzKetchup_US) November 15, 2018
Mahomes’ fondness for dousing his steaks with ketchup, not to mention his overall affinity for the condiment, became known in a piece in ESPN The Mag by Seth Wickersham. It’s revealed that Mahomes loved ketchup so much he would get bottles of it for his birthday. Fame, though, has caused Mahomes to think it would be inappropriate to slather steaks with ketchup.
But now that everyone is watching every move he makes, he is sheepish about ordering ketchup. At a restaurant recently, his mom, Randi, recognized an unfilled desire as he dove into a steak. “Just ask for it,” Randi said. “I know you want it.” Patrick wouldn’t. So she asked for the ketchup and slipped it to him.
Mahomes, it would appear, is quite intrigued by Heinz’s offer.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) November 15, 2018
As has been the case with everything Mahomes-related this season, the ketchup story became something of a talker. Such a meteoric rise to superstardom like what Mahomes has enjoyed this season.can have that effect.
Inspired by Mahomes’ story, even NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” spent a segment Thursday debating whether putting ketchup on steak is culinarily acceptable.
Is putting ketchup on steak okay? Our most heated debate yet. pic.twitter.com/RwhMA8Y1d6
— GMFB (@gmfb) November 15, 2018
All that said, to land free ketchup for life won’t come easy for Mahomes, as 57 touchdown passes would break the 55-TD mark Peyton Manning set in 2013.
After 10 games, Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes, meaning he has to throw 26 more in the Chiefs’ final six games. That’s really, really tough.