Patrick Mahomes Jokes About Learning Knuckleball After Warm-Up Video Goes Viral

The Chiefs star is trying to add a new skill to his quarterbacking arsenal this offseason.
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Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes appears to be taking notes from America’s favorite pastime this offseason.

On Wednesday at Chiefs minicamp, a video of Mahomes winding up like a baseball pitcher and throwing a football à la knuckleball went viral, with many fans commenting on the star quarterback’s pitching form. Shortly after, Mahomes posted about the video and named a surprising source of inspiration for his baseball warmup antics: San Diego Padres’ Matt Waldron. 

Mahomes wrote on X, “I’m trying to learn the knuckleball the Waldron dude from the padres throws”

Waldron has accumulated a 3.76 ERA in 13 starts for the Padres and, as MLB’s Brent Maguire pointed out, is the only true knuckleballer in the MLB right now, throwing the pitch at a 37.6% clip. 

Waldron, a Chiefs fan and Nebraska native, recently caught wind of Mahomes’s comments and felt honored.

“It's kind of crazy. Like I'm living in a different universe,” Waldron said.

Mahomes’s roots in baseball already run deep as his father, Pat Mahomes, was a reliever for the Minnesota Twins in 1992 and went on to pitch for five more teams in his 11-season MLB career. Mahomes never played baseball professionally but did play shortstop for his Tyler, Texas team in the 2010 Junior League World Series.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a staff writer on the Breaking and Trending News team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI in November 2023, Wong covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. Outside of work, she has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.