We remember the chants, but what do we really know about New England Patriots backup quarterback Bailey Zappe?  Last year was his rookie season, we know that. He stepped in when Mac Jones was out and earned fans from just a few outings.

Let’s find out a little more about the young man who impressed not only New England fans, but also his teammates.. Bailey Zappe was calm, confident and capable on the field in Foxboro, that much we could all see. But what lead him to this point, and where did he come from? Let’s dive in! Here are 5 fun facts about the new Foxboro favorite.

  • 1. Just The Basics

    From NBC Sports, here are the bio basics:

    • Height: 6-foot-1
    • Weight: 215 pounds
    • Birthdate: April 26, 1999
    • Birthplace: Victoria, Texas
    • College: Houston Baptist (2017-20), Western Kentucky (2021)
    • NFL experience: Rookie season 2022-2023
  • 2. Life Before The NFL

    As Wikipedia reports, Zappe played QB at Victoria East High School. By his senior year, Bailey had passed for 3,700 yards, and 37 touchdowns. He scored 15 of those TDs and rushed for 633 yards. Despite his impressive numbers, he was not highly sought after by recruiters. In fact, his only scholarship offer was to play football at Houston Babtist University.

    In 2020, Zappe transferred to Western Kentucky University. Going into the 2021 season, he was named the Hilltoppers’ starting quarterback. And according to NBC Sports,  the QB ” led the FBS with 5,545 passing yards and 56 touchdowns, then added 422 more passing yards and five TDs in the 2021 Boca Raton Bowl vs. Appalachian State. He holds NCAA records for single-season passing yards (5,967) and TDs (62).”

  • 3. The Patriots Pick Up

    In the 2022 NFL Draft, the Pats selected Zappe in the 4th round, with the 137th overall pick. He was named the third string quarterback for this season, behind Mac Jones and 2nd stringer, Brain Hoyer. For those who didn’t watch last week, Zappe was called to action after Mac Jones ankle injury forced the team to use Hoyer in Green Bay vs. the Packers. Hoyer was hurt in the first quarter, with a head injury. All this lead to Bailey throwing on a jersey, and onto the field at Lambeau for his NFL debut. He kept the team in the game and onto overtime. Eventually the Pats’s lost to Aaron Rogers and Green Bay, but Zappe proved to be poised and proficient. 

    Detroit Lions v New England Patriots

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 09: Bailey Zappe #4 of the New England Patriots calls a play during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

  • 4. Does Zappe Have a Girlfriend?

    Yes, he does. Bailey has been dating Hannah Lewis for 5 years, and they were recently engaged.

    See their 5 year celebration post here. 

    Bailey’s “rock,” since they were high school sweethearts, was there for his first NFL start.


  • 5. The Contract

    Zappe’s contract with the New England Patriots is pretty standard, according to NBC Sports. He signed a “four-year rookie contract worth up to $4.3 million with a $647,070 signing bonus. He carries a $866,768 cap hit in 2022.”

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