Bailey Zappe was called in to play quarterback in Sunday’s
contest between New York Patriots and Green Bay Packers. The 23-year-old rookie
was called in after Brian Hoyer, who was filling in for an injured Mac Jones,
was hurt. Hoyer was sacked by Rashan Gary on a third-and-10 at the Green Bay
37-yard line, as the linebacker never had to slow down on his way past Isaiah
Wynn into the Patriots’ backfield, according to CBS.
Who is Bailey Zappe?
Bailey Zappe is an American football quarterback who plays
for the New England Patriots. Zappe was born on April 26, 1999 in Victoria,
Texas. He attended the Victoria East High School where he showed early success.
In his senior year, Zappe passed for 3,770 yards and 37 touchdowns, while
rushing for 633 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.
Despite showing potential, not many college football teams
were interested in securing Bailey Zappe. The only college to show interest was
Houston Baptist, to whom he committed. In his first year playing for Houston Baptist,
Bailey played nine games passing 1,548 yards with five touchdowns and 10
As a junior, Zappe completed 357-of-560 passes for 3,811
yards with 35 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Subsequently, Bailey Zappe moved to Western Kentucky. In the
2021 season, Zappe was named the Hilltoppers’ starting quarterback. Zappe passed
for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in a 59-21 win against Tennessee-Martin in
his first season for Western Kentucky.
Bailey Zappe led the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in
passing yards in the 2021 regular season with 5,545 passing yards and 56
Prior to the Boca Raton Bown, Bailey had thrown for nearly
1,100 yards more than the second-ranked FBS quarterback Will Rogers who played
for Mississippi State.
Bailey Zappe was picked by the New England Patriots in the
2021 draft. He was the draft’s 137th pick. In the 2022 season, Zappe
was named the third-string quarterback after Mac Jones and the second-string
quarterback Brian Hoyer.