If you told Mecole Hardman after he was cut by the New York Jets that he would make the Super Bowl-winning catch from Patrick Mahomes, he would probably tell you to stop joking with him.
The former second-round selection of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2019 NFL Draft was left with nowhere to go after he found himself without a team. It might have even been difficult for Hardman to make it back to the Super Bowl if the Chiefs hadn’t decided to pick him up amidst their wide receiver struggles.
However, his 2023 season ended on a sweet note after becoming the crucial man for Patrick Mahomes to help his team win Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers.
Andy Reid praises Mecole Hardman’s mentality as key to Super Bowl win
As the Kansas City Chiefs were busy celebrating their first back-to-back Super Bowl wins, head coach Andy Reid wasn’t shy when it came to raining praises for his prodigal wideout.
According to KSHB’s Tod Palmer, Reid praised Hardman’s mentality which became crucial for the team to overcome a tough opponent like San Francisco:
“He was cut and we brought him back,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s a tough thing; that’s tough to handle mentally. He came in with a positive attitude and just said, ‘Hey, I want to help you guys win.’ We know what he does best and [offensive coordinator Matt] Nagy does a great job of putting him in positions. He’s got that mastered with that kid, and you saw that tonight.”
Patrick Mahomes was also giving the wideout his flowers, saying that he always knew the Georgia product would come through during the game’s biggest moments:
“I’ve played with Mecole for a long time,” Mahomes said. “He’s always ready for the moment, and he’s someone that continues to practice hard and always gets better.”
Mecole Hardman’s return to the Chiefs organization was a continuation of what he was doing during his first four years with the team. Through the six regular-season games he played, he notched a serviceable 118 receiving yards on a 67% catch rate.
Hardman will be without a contract for the 2024 season, but he hopes that he’s done enough to warrant a contract with the team he’s always called home.
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