The NFL blueprint for Patrick Mahomes was set in Miami in 1983

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November 8, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambles out of the pocket in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

Halley’s Comet is visible from Earth about once every 75 years. The natural phenomenon we are seeing right now in the NFL, something also seen by looking up, isn’t quite as rare but close enough. Its last occurrence was almost 35 years ago.

Pro football has not been gifted with a quarterback as young and immediately successful and dynamically electric as Patrick Mahomes since Dan Marino put the swoon over Miami as the promise of 1983 bloomed into an unprecedented ‘84.

Mahomes made his first career NFL start at age 22 years 105 days and Marino at 22 years 24 days.

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