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Written by Safid Deen, 
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Edited by Alicia DelGallo  

Illustrations by Todd Pendleton

POCKET TALES
Five captivating stories of 2021 NFL QBs

TOM

BRADY

The hangover subsided after his sixth Super Bowl win, and Tom Brady shows no signs of slowing down. Even at this stage of his storied career, Brady has more to accomplish. He was the last QB to lead a team to consecutive Super Bowls 16 years ago with the Patriots. Will he do it again with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Brady is 44 and coming off knee surgery entering his 22nd NFL season, but the pursuit of yet another title drives the future Hall of Famer.

Bradyland

PATRICK

MAHOMES

The $500 million kid (well, $503 million to be exact) owns a stake in the MLB’s Kansas City Royals and MLS club Sporting Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes recently invested in 30 Whataburger franchises - his favorite fast food restaurant - across Kansas and Missouri. While he transforms into a business mogul, Mahomes remains the NFL’s brightest star, looking to avenge last season’s Super Bowl loss. With Mahomes, the Chiefs remain 2021 contenders.

Money Mahomes

AARON

RODGERS

Aaron Rodgers already hinted toward it. Star receiver DeVante Adams did, too. Season No. 17 for Rodgers may be his "last dance" with the Green Bay Packers. And the Pack has unfinished business. Falling one game short of the Super Bowl last season sparked a tumultuous offseason with questions about front office decisions and coach Matt LaFleur’s playcalling. All signs point to the end of the Rodgers’ era in Green Bay, but can the Packers finish on a high note?

Green Bay Boogie

Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson was the 2019 NFL MVP and the first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Yet, Jackson’s talent and style of play continue to be criticized entering his fourth season. He still has work to do to become a polished passer, and some new pieces to Baltimore’s offense should help. But doubt fuels Jackson’s fire and he plans to have the last laugh while puzzling opposing defenses.

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LAMAR

JACKSON

BAKER

MAYFIELD

CLEVELAND Rocks! 

The CLEVELAND Browns put the NFL on notice with their wildcard playoff win at Pittsburgh last season. Baker Mayfield helped the Browns finish 11-5, their best record since 1994, and snag their first playoff berth since 2002. Now, it’s time to see if Mayfield’s talent and leadership can lead to a deep postseason run. He’ll have help from the NFL’s best rushing tandem (Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt), an explosive receiver (Odell Beckham Jr.) and a defense spearheaded by another No. 1 pick (Myles Garrett).