One of the largest storylines across the Chiefs in the course of the common season was their points discovering dependable broad receivers for Patrick Mahomes and that was a part of the explanation why they introduced Mecole Hardman again in mid-October.
Hardman spent his first 4 seasons with the Chiefs and left as a free agent in the course of the 2023 offseason, however he fell out of the Jets lineup earlier than being traded again to Kansas City. He had minimal contributions within the common season and misplaced a fumble out of the tip zone within the divisional spherical towards the Bills, however the Chiefs didn’t draw back from going his approach in Super Bowl LVIII.
That determination paid off for them. Hardman had a 52-yard catch within the second quarter of the sport after which got here up with the game-winning landing in extra time on a three-yard cross from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. After the sport, Mahomes praised his teammate for staying ready regardless of all of the twists and turns of his season.
“I don’t know if it was so this week; I’ve played with Mecole for a long time,” Mahomes stated at his press convention. “He’s always ready for the moment, and he’s someone that continues to practice hard and get better. And obviously, that receiver rotation, we were bouncing around a lot of guys all year long, and those guys just continue to work. Just like the last Super Bowl, you never know who it’s gonna be, but it’s about everybody being ready for the moment and he was he was ready for that moment in a couple big plays.”
Hardman acknowledged the difficulties of his season throughout his personal session with the media, however stated he wouldn’t “want it any other way” given the way in which issues performed out in the long run. The Chiefs doubtless share that sentiment.