NFL fans think Patrick Mahomes' helmet is too big for him

Joshua Rogers October 3, 2022
NFL fans think Patrick Mahomes' helmet is too big for him
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NFL fans watching a recent Chiefs game commented that Patrick Mahomes’ helmet is too big for him. It’s not the first time fans have made the observation. Here’s what we know about his top-of-the-range headwear.

Patrick Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. Against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 4, he made NFL history by reaching 20,000 yards passing faster than anyone else.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs star is a Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP. In 2020 he signed a 10-year contract extension worth around $503 million – the second-largest known contract in sporting history.

Despite losing All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason, Mahomes and the Chiefs are still among the favorites to make Super Bowl LVII next year.

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Chiefs come out on top against Brady and Bucs

Mahomes threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs beat Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay 41-31 on Sunday (2 October).

It was a sweet victory for Mahomes, who lost Super Bowl LV to Brady and the Bucs 9-31, which was his first double digits loss in the NFL.

At Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night, the site of that landmark defeat, Mahomes was able turn the tables on Brady and come away with the win.

“When I came into the stadium I realised that I hadn’t been here and the bad taste I had last time came into effect,” Mahomes said. “But it’s still not a playoff game. It’s a regular-season game, which is important. That Super Bowl will always leave a bad taste for me.”

NFL fans think Patrick Mahomes’ helmet is too big for him

Despite throwing for three touchdowns, some of the chatter on social media focussed on Patrick Mahomes’ helmet. It’s not the first time either.

During games fans often comment that Mahomes’ helmet looks too big for him, and the game against the Bucs was no different.

Mahomes wears the Vicis Zero2 helmet

There’s no real explanation as to why Mahomes’ helmet looks so big. However, some seem to think it’s a combination of the helmet’s padding and Mahomes’ hair, which has quite a bit of volume.

Interestingly, Mahomes wears the Vicis Zero2, which is the highest graded helmet of all time on the Virginia Tech Helmet safety rating scale. The Kansas QB previously wore the Vicis Zero1, but the latest innovation is reportedly safe and lighter, coming in at 15% lighter than its predecessor.

According to their website, the Vicis Zero2 ‘takes a revolutionary approach to offer out-of-the-box thinking for a completely reimagined helmet.’

It also features an ‘enhanced field of view’ with ‘optimized vertical and horizontal sightlines [providing] the athlete [with] maximum situational awareness so they can perform at an elite level.’

The standard Zero2 is priced at $899.95, and if you want one, you’ll have to join the reservation list.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.