CNN anchor Jake Tapper is well known for being a staunch supporter of his hometown Philly teams, and he was vocal about his disappointment in the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. But he put his personal sports bias aside to interview the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes joined Monday’s episode Starring Jake Tapper from Disneyland, the traditional post-Super Bowl destination for team celebrations, as Tapper introduced it by acknowledging the Chiefs’ “remarkable and impressive comeback to beat the Birds 38-35,” and Mahomes, who won his second MVP along with the second you’re a Super Cup Ring.
Tapper offered his congratulations on the “amazing game” and asked Mahomes how he was feeling.
Mahomes responded that he “feels good” and said it’s been a “roller coaster.”
“Sorry to make you guys have a bit of a rough night,” he offered his apology for dashing Tapper’s hopes for his Eagles.
The two discussed how the game went, including Mahomes re-injuring his ankle but fighting back to regain the lead, the quarterback crediting the “great halftime adjustments” from the coaches and the way all his teammates, “everyone stepped up’ and they ‘we were able to find a way to win against a great football team.’
Resting at halftime helped, Mahomes said, and he was able to do physical therapy in the locker room, re-tap his ankle and then let the adrenaline “take over” when he returned to the field. He will be 100 percent after he rests in the offseason, Mahomes promised.
Later in the segment, Tapper asked Mahomes about the role his faith plays in his game.
Mahomes responded that his faith offers him an important perspective, that he “goes out there and plays to glorify Him,” and that “it’s not about winning and losing,” but that he must “go out there and leave it all, that I have in the field to show that I glorify Him” and remember that he does things “for the right reason”.
Tapper signed off by thanking “Kansas City Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes,” congratulated him and said he would see the quarterback in Kansas City in June at a charity fundraiser for a children’s hospital.
“I appreciate it,” Mahomes said. “You can come to the parade on Wednesday if you want,” he added, inviting Tapper to the team’s planned victory celebration along with “Paul,” meaning actor Paul Ruddwhose devotion to the Chiefs may rival Tapper’s to his beloved Philly teams.
“It’s fine,” Tapper countered, saying he would let Rudd represent him, drawing a laugh from Mahomes. “Enjoy Disneyland.”
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This post has been updated to clarify that Rudd, not a CNN reporter, will attend the Chiefs’ victory parade.