As we kick off the annual celebration of the contributions that African-Americans have made to make our country great, we also want to highlight the many men and women in East Texas who have left a long lasting legacy on our community and the world.

For Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some of the many African-Americans who are now "East Texas Legends" for the work they have done in sports, entertainment, politics, business and in general who have left an indelible mark.

If there is someone you know or an East Texas Legend that we should be highlighting, let us know by dropping us an email or a message on our Facebook page at 1073 KISS!

Today we're honoring former Whitehouse H.S. grad Patrick Mahomes II, quite possibly the most popular athlete in the country right now after he has lead the Kansas Chiefs to their second straight "big game" appearance.

Born in Tyler, Mahomes attended Whitehouse H.S. and was a three sport athlete in baseball, football and basketball. After he received a scholarship to play both football and baseball at Texas Tech, Patrick quit baseball to focus on football, despite the fact that in 2014 he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, the move to football was good call!

After spending 3 years at TTU, Mahomes left for the pros and the NFL and was the 10th overall draft pick in the 2017 Draft. Since then Mahomes has been dominant, winning awards such as:

  • SI "Sportsperson Of the Year
  • 3 Pro Bowls
  • NFL offensive player of the year and NFL MVP (2018)
  • Back to Back AFC Championships.

For his success, Mahomes signed a 10 year extension with the Chiefs which at this time is the richest contract in all of sports valued at over $500 MILLION Dollars.

We salute and congratulate Patrick Mahomes on his success and its why he's an East Texas Legend.

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