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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mecole Hardman in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He went on to help the Chiefs win two Super Bowls during his first four seasons in the NFL.

But Hardman’s time in Kansas City appeared to come to an end in 2023 when he signed a contract with the New York Jets. The receiver finished his brief stint with the Jets with one reception for six yards in five games before being sent back to the Chiefs in October in exchange for a future late-round draft pick.

The former Georgia Bulldogs star had a poor performance in the Chiefs’ divisional round matchup against the Buffalo Bills, turning the ball over twice, with one resulting in a touchback. He finished the game with one reception for two yards.

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Mecole Hardman scores touchdown

Mecole Hardman Jr. #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

But Hardman shined on the biggest stage: Super Bowl LVIII.

On what ended up being the final play of the season, Hardman cemented his name in Super Bowl history. Hardman caught a pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes in overtime to seal the Chiefs’ 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

TEXT SHOWS PATRICK MAHOMES’ CONFIDENCE LEVEL BEFORE THE BIG GAME: ‘I DECIDED WE’RE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL’

Hardman, now a three-time Super Bowl champion, is scheduled to hit the free agency market when the new league year begins in March. Hardman could resign from the Chiefs or he could explore other teams.

“We’ll see if they want me back,” Hardman said during a recent interview with NFL Total Access. “If not, it could be somewhere else, so we’ll see.”

Mecole Hardman celebrates the touchdown

Mecole Hardman Jr. #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

If Hardman ends up leaving Kansas City, he made it clear that he is not interested in reuniting with the Jets. “No,” Hardman responded emphatically to a question about a possible return to New York. “I’m not going back to the Jets.”

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The Chiefs’ loss to the Niners marked their second consecutive Super Bowl championship. But Mahomes already has his sights set on a third consecutive ring.

“Hey, we’re not done yet,” Mahomes was heard saying into a microphone as he celebrated the victory with his teammates and family. “I want three. Nobody’s ever gotten three… I want two in a row.”

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