The Special Relationship; Mahomes, Webb Unite At Combine
It's commonly referred to as the world's toughest job interview. No one goes to the NFL Scouting Combine to make friends, especially in your own position group, or if you have former teammates in said group.
Fortunately, Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb indeed are proving they can mix business with pleasure.
The pair battled it out earlier in their careers, over at Texas Tech University, a paradise for college quarterbacks. It was Mahomes who beat out Webb in a tightly contested quarterback battle in Lubbock, forcing Webb into the uncertain world of transfers. The son of former MLB pitcher of the same name, Mahomes put up magnificent numbers at Tech, throwing for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns, overall tallying 11,252 yards in three years with the Red Raiders.
Webb, however, made a name for himself at another QB haven, Cal-Berkeley. Webb had a showstopping single season at the alma mater of Aaron Rodgers throwing for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Now, at this week's Combine, the two's paths are crossing once more.
But despite the intense competition the two had with the Red Raiders, there is no ill will on either side.
A potential first-round selection, Mahomes, who also discussed his past rooted in baseball and the trial and tribulations of being the Red Raiders' signal-caller, as well as the importance of having former TTU QB Kliff Kingsbury as his head coach, had nothing but nice things to say about his former comrade.
"(My relationship with Webb) is actually a really good one," Mahomes said while addressing reporters at the Indiana Convention Center this week. "We had a really though battle at Texas Tech, where I ended up coming out on top, but I knew he was going to be here, and I was going to be here."
Mahomes continued, describing the 2015 season, where he took over the starting job, calling Webb "so supportive".
"We have great respect for each other," said Mahomes. "I know he's going to have a great weekend as well."
Webb, likewise, praised the man who stepped into his Texas Tech shoes. A finalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, Webb discussed the strong relationship he has with Mahomes.
"We text every day," Webb said. "We texted throughout the summer after I transferred. We would always text each other good luck, I'd watch his games, he'd watch mine. West coast time's a little different from Texas time, so we're very close!"
In addition, Webb also talked about his highly talked-about transfer. Despite the awkwardness of the situation, Webb took the question in stride, saying how he never envisioned the situation ruining his chances of showing up in Indianapolis for the Combine or his NFL dream in general.
"I'm focusing on only what NFL teams think about me. They're the ones that want to draft me, they're the ones I want to play for," he said. "What's been said about me, I don't know. I don't concern myself with that.
Competition and football go together like superteams and basketball. Nonetheless, the brotherly bond formed between two competitors at the same position is certainly noteworthy. It's one of those situations where the game truly lives up to one of the NFL's many taglines...Football is Family.
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