KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The popularity of Quarterbacks boss Patrick Magomes has soared into the stratosphere in just one season when a starter, every unnoticeable or left-handed man, draws a fresh chorus.  Fans are not just fans.
"It's not bad to see some of the things he does," said Colts colleague Jacoby Brisset, who will see Magomes firsthand as his team heads to Arrow Stadium on Sunday night. "Hopefully he doesn't do it this week, but what he can do with the ball is very impressive."
So impressive that Brisset even said, quite vulnerable, "You just look and look like you" Yeah, I can't do that. "But it's fun to see someone else."
It seems that almost every coach who has the task of slowing down the MVP in the league, or a quarterback forced to play against him, is at the same time challenging and delighted with what Mahomes can do.
This is not very common in a one-time league where players, by their very competitive nature, often do not want to admit that someone else is better than them.
"He's legal," said Ravens defender Brandon Carr, who just watched him cut Baltimore. "He leads the team. He can make all the throws. He is confident He is getting the ball up and down the field. And he can continue playing with his feet.
Reiders, Lamarck Joyner's hitman, is just as blunt and expressive in his estimation after watching Mach sweep the Chiefs to victory in Auckland.
"He is a hell of a quarterback," Joyner said. . "He's probably the No. 1 pick in the league. He got him a little Tom Brady, a little Drew Breeze, Philip Rivers. He'll call you. He can make throws, he can sort through, so I mean, you have to cover guys a little longer . "
For many years, guys like Mahomes have earned such respect from their play on the field and from the person that even their biggest rivals can't help but applaud. They tend to go down in history as larger than life, characters, a unique blend of talent and personality.
Joe Namat was this way in the 1960s and 1970s, when Broadway Joe provisionally predicted the triumph of the Super Bowl for the Jets for a short while owning a New York nightclub and forcing so many ladies to disgrace.
Steelers quarterback Joe Green was like that in the late '70s, too. His nickname, "Middle Joe," was countered by the broad smile in his famous Coca-Cola video, which made him thousands of fans far beyond Pittsburgh. And with the four rings of the Super Bowl there was no question of his success.
Then there was Walter Peyton, who was so popular with supporters and rivals that the Man of the Year award bears his name. Of course, he became the record runner back in the Chicago Bears, but he also found such a "sweetness" that even the Packers and Vikings fans respected.
Mahomes goes down the same road to popularity.
He does this too faster than usual.
Another thing that Namat and Ko have benefited from is longevity. They have been trading at the highest levels for many years, and Mahomes has been at the NFL crossroads for only 18 months.
"He's a unique talent," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "He's a fun look, I'm not going to lie. Last week, when we were playing the Raiders, I watched a lot of Kansas City offenses against them, and he made a couple of shots that you just shake your head and you say, 'How's that?' "So we respect that. And as I said before, I also respect who he is off the field. I think it's great for the league when you have good players, but they are also really for outside the field. "
The Reich paused before adding, "But make no mistake, everyone in this league can be beaten. Everyone can be beaten. I don't care how good you are. It's great, but it's a team game."
Notes: WR Tyreek Hill (collarbone) and RB Damien Williams (ankle) continued to practice limited groundwork on Thursday. It remains unclear whether the Colts will play.
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