Patrick Mahomes’ high school coach says he shows why to play multiple sports

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Specialization has become a trend for young athletes, with many parents believing their kids’ best chance at success is to focus on one sport, and get as good as they can at it. Patrick Mahomes‘ high school coach says those parents should think again.

Adam Cook, who was Mahomes’ football coach at Whitehouse High School in Texas, told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports that Mahomes is a perfect example of how playing multiple sports can help a young person develop into a well-rounded athlete.

“Patrick is the poster child for the multisport athlete,” Cook said.

In addition to being a star quarterback, Mahomes was a good enough baseball player that the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. And he was a very good player on Whitehouse’s basketball team as well. Cook thinks Mahomes grew as a competitor from playing so many games in so many sports.

“Because he played multiple sports, the overlay of all of those experiences and skills are there in the NFL,” Cook told Wetzel. “It’s all just one game for Patrick. It’s always been just one big game, just on different playing surfaces. In high school football you are guaranteed just 10 games. Instead Patrick was always playing something and learning how to win along the way.”

Mahomes’ success may make kids and parents alike rethink whether they need to specialize in only one sport.

11 responses to “Patrick Mahomes’ high school coach says he shows why to play multiple sports

  1. Coaches love it… until your child has a scheduling conflict (other sport) that interferes with the coach’s agenda. Then they and tell your child to “choose one or the other”

  2. Running, jumping, throwing and catching are the basics… but… hopping, galloping, rolling, leaping, dodging, horizontal jumping, sliding, kicking, striking, dribbling, overhand throw, underhand roll, balance, twisting, turning, bending and MORE are all important fundamentals.

    You don’t get them all from one sport specialization (or from sitting around gaming).

  3. High School Coaches who try to force a Kid to pick one sport should be fired immediately and banned permanently from Coaching anything, anywhere. Sports in school are EXTRA CURRICULAR! Leave the Kid alone. Same goes to douche bag parents.

  4. the most important factor is that the Kid needs to have fun. Specializing kids in one sport burns most of them out before they even reach High School. These kids have to have the desire to still play the game. They need time away to reset both physically and mentally.

  5. Specialization is for insects. A human should be able to do laundry, change a diaper, build a house, read a book, design a set of stairs, cook dinner, wash dishes, drive a car, etc.

  6. I hear about specialization but I don’t see it near as much as the media portrays. Baseball seems to be the sport where you might see it, if at all.

  7. It was required that he participate in multiple sports in high school due to the population of that high school! It wasn’t exactly a 6A school!

  8. Just have Johnny play what he wants to play. Even if he is the best in his school or in his conference, it’s very likely he won’t be part of the elite athletes that play professionally. It’s also very likely that he won’t be part of the less than 2% of players that go on to play D-I in some fashion. Football has the best odds of any major sport to go pro and that’s 0.165 percent. “So your saying there’s a chance?”

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