Patrick Mahomes offered free Heinz ketchup if he throws 57 touchdowns

This week, in advance of the monumental Chiefs-Rams duel, ESPN published a deeply reported piece on Chiefs phenom quarterback Patrick Mahomes. We highly recommend reading the whole piece which delves into Mahomes’s confidence and living his life with freakish generational arm. But there was one detail in particular that went viral. Mahomes has an obsession for ketchup, and typically puts it on steaks. From the piece:

The other day, in Mahomes’ apartment in the Country Club Plaza neighborhood of Kansas City, his grandfather asked him, “What’s it like to be famous?” For one thing, it means he eats less ketchup. He spent most of his life putting ketchup on everything. He would get bottles of it for his birthday. But now that everyone is watching every move he makes, he is sheepish about ordering ketchup. At a restaurant recently, his mom, Randi, recognized an unfilled desire as he dove into a steak. “Just ask for it,” Randi said. “I know you want it.” Patrick wouldn’t. So she asked for the ketchup and slipped it to him.

Another related detail came in the aftermath of the ESPN piece.

In response to all the ketchup craze, the savvy social media gurus at Heinz ketchup

Mahomes currently has 31 touchdown passes through 10 games. That means he’ll have to throw 4.5 touchdowns per game. Unless Heinz is including the playoffs in which case, Mahomes is poised to be a double winner.