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Patriots QB Bailey Zappe’s girlfriend celebrates 2022 NFL draft pick

Just a year after the Patriots picked quarterback Mac Jones in the first round, New England drafted quarterback Bailey Zappe from western Kentucky in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday — and his girlfriend is thrilled.

On Sunday, Zappe’s longtime friend Hannah Lewis shared a sweet Instagram tribute to the quarterback, whom she has called an inspiration since they first met.

“Patriots!!!! ❤️💙,” Lewis wrote in her caption. “Bailey Michael Zappe, watching you work so hard to achieve your dreams was just amazing! When we first met and I asked you what you wanted to do after college, you answered without hesitation, NFL. Against all odds you persevered and made your dreams come true. You inspire me every day and you should be so proud of yourself. I love you!”

According to Lewis’ Instagram, the couple will celebrate five years of dating in September.

The Patriots used one of their 10 draft picks to pick Zappe at number 137. He joins 14-year veteran Brian Hoyer and 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham on the depth chart assisting Jones.

The move came as a surprise to some given Jones’ established position as the team’s starting quarterback in the post-Tom Brady era.

But Matt Groh, the Patriots’ director of first-year player personnel, believes in Zappe.

“It’s always valuable to have good players on your team and Bailey is a good player. This guy’s a winner … he has a lot of great qualities that you want in a quarterback,” Groh said Saturday after Zappe was selected. “He will enrich our team. It will be up to him to first figure out what this role is here and then move on.”

Zappe, who turned 23 last week, is excited to be working with Jones.

“He’s a phenomenal quarterback, just like the rest of the QBs in this room,” he said of Jones, the Patriots’ #15 draft pick last year. “I’m really looking forward to learning from all these three guys, meeting them and doing as much as possible to help the team. I am very excited about this opportunity.”

Bailey Zappe threw an FBS-record 62 touchdown passes in 13 games last year in western Kentucky.
Bailey Zappe threw an FBS-record 62 touchdown passes in 13 games last year in western Kentucky.
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Zappe moved to Western Kentucky last season after visiting Houston Baptist and led the Hilltoppers to a nine-win season last year. He also threw for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns, breaking single-season Football Bowl subdivision records set by former LSU quarterback and current Bengals star Joe Burrow.

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