Red Raiders nationwide are celebrating the Super Bowl's MVP, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The former Red Raider led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.
"I think you could tell he was pretty special from the first day he was here...none of us are surprised, that were around him, at the success that he's experiencing in the NFL," Robert Giovannetti, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Texas Tech Athletics, said.
This is the 11th consecutive year a Red Raider has played in the Super Bowl, he said.
"We've never had someone like Pat where he was the focus, he's the face of the NFL," Giovannetti said. "So, its been a great run for Texas Tech not just this year, Patrick has kind of changed the whole nature of NFL football."
Mahomes is the youngest quarterback in NFL history to be named Super Bowl and league MVP. Giovannetti said Mahomes' success is something Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells could sell to future recruits.
"It's kind of a cliche, but it's true, athletics is the front door to a university," Giovannetti said. "A lot of times people's exposure to a university is because of the success of an athletic program or a particular player."
Curt Langford, president and CEO of the Texas tech Alumni Association, said there is no doubt Mahomes is helping to build recognition for his alma mater.
"As gifted as he is on the field, I think what we're experiencing is so many alumni are so proud of him and what he represents and how he purports himself." Langford said. "It's just exciting for the university. Obviously, a lot of people are doing a double take."
Every Red Raider has a story, Langford said, and the former Texas Tech gunslinger's story is an influential one.
"It's one that all of our alumni are rallying around, and will continue to rally around. We're proud of all of our Red Raiders, and Patrick especially. Patrick's always welcome back here on campus. We look forward to his return," Langford said.