Troy Aikman invited fans to talk. Sunday night proved that they were more than willing to take him up on his offer.
The Dallas Cowboys' three-time champion went viral for socially damning reasons in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LVIII, thanks to a 2019 post on X (then known as Twitter) that spotlighted Patrick Mahomes' then-lack of championships.
"Talk to me when he has 33 percent of my Super Bowl Titles," Aikman said at the time.
Fast-forward and now we all have some answers. And the next question about Mahomes isn't regarding "three Super Bowl titles.'' ... It's about "how many more?''
Said the game's MVP on Monday of the idea of winning three straight: “Yeah, it’s legendary. No one’s ever done it.''
Looking back ... Mahomes not only opened up the conversational floodgates the very next season but he's now matched Aikman Lombardi-for-Lombardi: Sunday's 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers secured the third championship ring for Mahomes, becoming just the fifth starting quarterback to earn at least three alongside Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, and Joe Montana.
At the time of the tweet, Mahomes was coming off his 2018 breakout campaign, his first as the Kansas City Chiefs' franchise quarterback. Mahomes threw 50 touchdown passes but that wasn't enough to avoid postseason heartbreak at the hands of Brady and the New England Patriots in the ensuing AFC title game.
A branch of The Athletic focused on Kansas City affairs noted that Mahomes' half-a-hundred scores were 36 percent on the way to Aikman's career-long tally of 165 and that he did so in less than 10 percent of games played, prompting Aikman's now-infamous post. The Hall-of-Famer has yet to comment on the viral firestorm, as his post now carries over 42,000 retweets and 182,000 likes.
The scary part for Aikman ... and perhaps the rest of the NFL ... is that Mahomes may not be done, as most of the postgame chatter surrounded the idea of "running it back'' for a fourth title chase. If Mahomes and the Chiefs take home the Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans next year, they'll become the first grouping to win three consecutive championships since the game's inception in 1966.
And then - if not already - Brady's seven rings will make a serious entry into the "legendary'' conversation.