“Troy Aikman isn’t petty for clapping back at Patrick Mahomes”: Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman described why 33% argument was valid for Cowboys legend

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Published 17/11/2022

Troy Aikman had a legendary NFL career, and when he was compared to Patrick Mahomes, the former Cowboys legend had a lot of thoughts that he didn’t hold back from sharing.

Patrick Mahomes has had the most prolific start to a quarterbacking career that we’ve ever seen in NFL history. He’s only in his 5th season, but he’s achieved things quarterbacks dream of doing in much more time than that.

In his very first year as a full-time starter, Mahomes passed for 5,000+ yards and threw for 50 touchdowns. He joined Peyton Manning as the only two quarterbacks in history to do that.

Mahomes is averaging a ridiculous number of passing yards per game, a rate that would surprise most people. Given how well he’s started, there’s no telling how high Mahomes can climb.

He’s already on pace to surpass several legendary quarterbacks, and when comparisons were made against Troy Aikman, the former legend became defensive.

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Troy Aikman clapped back at Patrick Mahomes and Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman were cool with it

In 2019, stats were being compared because Mahomes was that incredible. In fact at that point, Mahomes had 60 touchdown passes in his career.

Aikman finished with 165 touchdown passes, so Mahomes had already reached more than 1/3 of Aikman’s touchdown total despite playing in less than 10% of the games Aikman had (165 to 20 at the time).

The Cowboys man fired back with a Tweet of his own to defuse the situation and place him on top.

Many people felt that Aikman was being petty and arrogant, but the crew at First Take had a different perspective. They felt like Aikman was fully within his rights to fire back.

After all, Aikman was commenting on the one task that he was put out to do, win Super Bowls. And until that point, Aikman had a massive leg up on Mahomes.

Additionally, the crew also mentioned how making stats comparisons like that was uncalled for as the two quarterbacks played in completely different eras. The passing game is much more robust now, and Aikman would have likely passed for bigger numbers if he played now.

Therefore, the only standard for comparison is Super Bowl wins.

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Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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