Celebrity Parents Patrick Mahomes Can't Wait to Meet His Baby Girl on the Way: 'I'm Excited for the Journey' Patrick Mahomes and his fiancée Brittany Matthews are expecting their first child, a daughter By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 9, 2021 01:12 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Patrick Mahomes is counting down the days till fatherhood! In a post-Super Bowl chat with 610 Sports Radio Kansas City Monday, the Chiefs quarterback dished on the game (which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won, 31-9) and his daughter on the way with fiancée Brittany Matthews. "Hopefully [Brittany] gets all the way to her due date, but I mean really, anytime, I could be having a baby girl and I'm super excited about that," said Patrick, 25. Added the athlete, "It's gonna be something special, and I'm excited for the journey of trying to find ways to better myself and become the best dad that I can be." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews. Brittany Matthews/ instagram RELATED GALLERY: The Most Romantic Photos of Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews Through the Years And he has quite the example to follow. Recently, the NFL player opened up to Men's Health about an important lesson he learned from his own father, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes Sr. While playing for the New York Mets, Pat Sr. helped the team reach the championship in 2000, but he was left off the Mets' roster. The franchise went on to lose to their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. And although the pitcher's MLB career continued for three more years, none of the teams Pat Sr. played on were able to advance to the World Series. Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews. Paras Griffin/Getty "I got to see him battle and grind to try to get back there," Patrick recalled during his interview, for the magazine's March issue. Watching his father's professional career also made the star quarterback — who led his team to victory in last year's championship — aware of how fleeting opportunities can be. "You never know if it's going to be like this for the rest of your career," Patrick said of his own success. "So I try to win as much as possible now, and do whatever I can to win multiple Super Bowls." Patrick Mahomes. Andy Lyons/Getty RELATED VIDEO: Super Bowl 2021: Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes on the Big Impact Their Fathers Had Matthews, 25, first announced her pregnancy news in September, shortly after the couple, who began dating in their teens, got engaged. Last month, the mom-to-be shared a photo of a sweet present for their baby girl: a custom jean jacket with her father's name on it. In addition to his name and jersey number, the jacket proudly announced to the world that the star athlete is her "daddy." Matthews dressed up for the big game on Sunday in a bump-hugging white dress, with a long black blazer and matching bow high heels. She showed off her look on social media, cradling her baby belly in one photo. "GAMETIMEEEEEE," she wrote. After the game, Matthews showed her support for her fiancé, tweeting, "Not how we wanted it to end, but 15 played his heart out and I'm always and forever proud of him in everything he does! Now let's have a baby."