Star NFL QB Patrick Mahomes says it was a ‘no brainer’ for him to get into NFTs

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  • Patrick Mahomes is getting into the non-fungible token market with the “Museum of Mahomes.”
  • The star NFL quarterback said he would buy “at least one” NFT for himself.
  • NFT sales have been booming after the digital artist Beeple sold a piece for $69 million.
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Patrick Mahomes says it was a “no brainer” for him to get into non-fungible tokens given the recent rise of the digital assets.

The star NFL quarterback sat down with CNBC on Friday to discuss “The Museum of Mahomes,” which is set to launch March 17 on MakersPlace, a digital art selling platform.

In the interview, Mahomes said he got into NFTs in order to “find another way to connect with my fans.” The Kansas City Chiefs star is teaming up with a group of artists who call themselves The Impossible Brief to put on an NFT sale.

There will be six different art pieces for sale in the digital “museum” ranging in price from $2,500 to up to $15,000. The virtual exhibit will also include one mystery item that has yet to be priced.

Ten signed helmets and jerseys will be given away to randomly selected winners who take part in the sale as well.

Mahomes will donate part of the proceeds to his foundation, called “15 and the Mahomies”, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri.

The Kansas City Chiefs star said he wants to do what he can to find “another asset” for fans to buy as a way to connect with players.

When asked whether or not he would buy into NFTs himself, the star quarterback said he would have “at least one of them.”

Mahomes said buying the NFT would be like Lebron James buying his own Rookie Card.

Lebron’s rookie card, in physical form, sold for $1.8 million in 2020 at Goldin Auctions and is the most expensive basketball card ever purchased.

NFTs have been the talk of the town of late after a work from the digital artists Beeple sold for a record $69 million in a Christie’s auction on Thursday.

The NFT market witnessed 299% year-over-year growth in 2020, according to a study from a PNB Paribas subsidiary. With Mahomes entering the market in 2021 and high dollar sales piling up the growth trend for NFTs may very well be set to continue going forward.

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How Patrick Mahomes went from a high school baseball star to the face of the NFL

Patrick Mahomes

  • Patrick Mahomes has won an MVP, a Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, and led his team to another big game in his first three years as a starter in the NFL.
  • Mahomes was a high school baseball and football star and nearly chose baseball, with an offer to turn pro.
  • Mahomes instead chose football, became a college star, rose up NFL draft boards, and broke out in 2018 to become the most exciting player in football.
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Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation since becoming the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 25-year-old helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl and took home Super Bowl MVP. This, after winning MVP in 2018 with a 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown season in his first year as a starter. Now he has the Chiefs one win away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls.

Mahomes’ journey mirrors Stephen Curry’s in the NBA – Mahomes was the son of a major league pitcher and grew up with unbelievable arm talent. After an offer to play pro baseball, Mahomes chose football, rose to college stardom, climbed up draft boards, and got taken in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Chiefs.

In three short years, he has broken records, won at the highest level, and become the most exciting player to watch in the NFL with his huge arm and knack for creating highlight plays.

Here’s how Mahomes went from a possible baseball star to the face of the NFL.

In two years as a starter, Patrick Mahomes has broken records, won MVP, a Super Bowl, and a Super Bowl MVP. Not bad for somebody who could have played baseball.

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Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes seems to have been born with a good arm. Mahomes’ father, Pat, was a major league pitcher, playing for six different teams.

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Pat Mahomes played for 11 years in MLB.

Mahomes grew up in Texas with his mother (his parents split when he was six). He was a multi-sport athlete but excelled at baseball.

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Patrick Mahomes got on-field work with his dad’s MLB teammates as a kid.

According to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, Mahomes was so good at an early age that he was traded — in tee-ball! He was moved up to play pitch-coach because he was so advanced.

Mahomes quickly outgrew the typical venues for kids to play sports.

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Patrick Mahomes was a natural at throwing.

According to The Ringer’s Kevin Clark, Mahomes’ arm became too strong for backyard catches with his dad. By the time he was 10, he could throw from home plate over the center field wall on a baseball field, a distance estimated to be 200-220 feet.

Mahomes was a football and baseball star in high school, though he considered quitting football to focus on baseball.

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Patrick Mahomes was a multi-sport athlete.

According to Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, Mahomes thought his future was in baseball and was afraid of jeopardizing his career with a football injury. His mom convinced him to stick with it, however, because Mahomes liked football more.

He eventually won a competition for the starting quarterback job in high school over his good friend. He wowed teammates and coaches right away with his arm and improvisation.

Despite a 50-touchdown season his senior year, Mahomes was lightly scouted in football because of his raw talents, late start, and lack of participation in football camps.

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Patrick Mahomes won the quarterback job in high school and never looked back.

He told Wickersham that he never really got his name out on the football circuit.

Still, he turned down the chance to go play baseball. Mahomes told Mellinger that he told teams he wanted a $2.5 million bonus to play baseball, a number he made up to dissuade teams. He still was drafted in the 37th round by the Detroit Tigers.

Mahomes ended up at Texas Tech and got some luck his freshman year when starting quarterback Davis Webb got injured. Mahomes had 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as a freshman.

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Patrick Mahomes eventually set records at Texas Tech.

He broke out the following season, throwing for over 4,000 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He continued to improve his junior year, throwing over 5,000 yards with 41 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He set the NCAA record with 819 total yards of offense in a loss to Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma.

 

When Mahomes declared for the NFL draft after his junior year, he was projected as a mid-round pick.

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Patrick Mahomes’ draft stock rose during the draft process.

However, his draft stock grew throughout the process, as he was eventually considered a second- or first-round pick.

The Chiefs were enamored with Mahomes, with Mike Veach, now the Chiefs GM, forming a tight bond with Mahomes’ agent before the draft. Veach kept daily tabs on Mahomes, gauging his market and figuring out ways to get Mahomes.

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The Chiefs badly wanted to draft Patrick Mahomes.

Source: Yahoo’s Terez Paylor

On draft night, the Chiefs traded two first-round picks and a third-round pick to move up in the draft and take Mahomes.

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The Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 draft.

Mahomes didn’t show his incredible potential in his rookie year – because he didn’t play.

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Patrick Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith his rookie season.

Mahones was firmly behind veteran quarterback Alex Smith (who had one of his best seasons in 2017), playing just the final game of the regular season with the Chiefs’ playoff spot already locked up.

But behind the scenes, Mahomes was making an impression on his teammates.

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Patrick Mahomes impressed coaches and teammates in practice his rookie year.

Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka told Clark:

“There were a couple of throws early on in his rookie year. There was one where he was staring at the sideline, and he just flicked it right over Justin Houston’s head. That was the big one. That was the one where other coaches started noticing. I was working with him, and [former Chiefs OC and current Bears coach Matt Nagy] and some of the other coaches had seen it. But once he started to do that everyone said, ‘Oh, he’s really doing this.'”

In the offseason, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins, ushering in the Mahomes era.

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Mahomes impressed in training camp, but there were concerns about the high number of interceptions he was throwing. Perhaps an up-and-down rookie year was in the cards.

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Patrick Mahomes concerned some observers with his interceptions in training camp.

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That perception changed almost immediately once the regular season began.

Patrick Mahomes

In Mahomes’ first three games, he threw for nearly 900 yards, with 13 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 137 passer rating, while leading the Chiefs to a 3-0 record. They began the season 9-1, with Mahomes throwing for 31 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.

In the process, Mahomes produced some jaw-dropping highlights.

Patrick Mahomes

They included: an Aaron Rodgers-esque scramble and 20-yard bullet to the end zone, a left-handed pass, a no-look pass, a side-arm completion, clutch throws across his body, and plenty of deep bombs.

Those throws may look wild, maybe even lucky, but they’re not.

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Mahomes told Clark that he practices every throw he makes — that includes the side arms, lefty throws, jumping throws, etc.

“I know there’s a chance I could make those throws in a game,” he said. “You want to practice this stuff. You don’t want the first time you do it to be in a game.”

His arm also became the subject of fascination during the season.

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According to Clark, Mahomes’ baseball training seems to have helped him become a different type of thrower than most other quarterbacks, from the way he throws to the trajectory of his arm and ball.

Mahomes warms up with the long toss, like baseball players. During warmups, you might casually see him throw 90-yard passes.

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Mahomes is also a next-level athlete in his ability to take in information around him.

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Patrick Mahomes sees the entire field.

Chiefs backup quarterback Matt Moore told Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg that Mahomes has an uncanny ability to see the entire field.

“It’s something I’ve never done,” Moore said. “When the ball leaves my hand, I’m looking at the target and making sure we hit it. The ball will literally leave his hand, and he’ll just find where the other guys are. His spatial awareness is off the charts. He knows where everybody is at, at all times — with every concept, with every coverage. It’s really amazing.”

 

The Chiefs finished the season 12-4, 1st in the AFC, while Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards, with 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, and winning MVP.

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship in 2018, but Mahomes still finished the game with 295 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Patrick Mahomes in the 2018 AFC Championship.

After the game, Mahomes got some sage advice from Tom Brady.

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Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

Mahomes told NBC Sports’ Peter King:

“The biggest thing he said was, ‘Stay with the process and be who you are.’ He didn’t want me to change at all. He wanted me to go out there and take advantage of every single day. When you hear it from a guy like that, who’s had the success at the level that he’s had for his entire career, you know you’ve got to take advantage of every single day if you want to be great … I used that to just make sure that I did everything to prepare to be in this moment now — and not be sitting at home.”

Mahomes didn’t top his 2018 numbers in the 2019 season, but he heeded Brady’s advice and saved his best for last – the playoffs.

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Patrick Mahomes dominated the 2019 postseason.

In the first two games of the playoffs, Mahomes helped the Chiefs back from double-digit deficits, all while playing nearly perfect, completing 65% of his passes for 615 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Mahomes may have struggled in his first Super Bowl, but he came through in the end. Trailing by 10, on 3rd-and-15 with 7:13 remaining, Mahomes completed a game-changing, 44-yard pass to Tyreek Hill.

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Patrick Mahomes during Super Bowl 2020.

 

Mahomes threw for 141 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception in the fourth quarter, helping the Chiefs get the 31-20 win over the 49ers. He won Super Bowl MVP.

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Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to the win in Super Bowl 2020.

A year later, he has the Chiefs in the big game again with a shot at going back-to-back.

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Mahomes is off to an historic start to his career, and it’s only just beginning.

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Now check out the elite group Mahomes is trying to join in Super Bowl LV.

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The player who won Super Bowl MVP the year you were born

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Patrick Mahomes.

  • Tracking the Super Bowl MVP from year to year tells the story of the NFL pretty clearly.
  • Insider reviewed every MVP dating back to Super Bowl I in 1967 to break down each performance.
  • Check out the Super Bowl moment from the year you were born below.
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1967: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay Packers

Bart Starr

Final score: Packers 35, Chiefs 10

MVP stat line: 16/23, 250 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

1968: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay Packers

Bart Starr

Final score: Packers 33, Raiders 14

MVP stat line: 13/24, 202 yards passing, one touchdown

1969: Joe Namath, QB, New York Jets

Joe Namath

Final score: Jets 16, Colts 7

MVP stat line: 17/28, 206 yards passing

1970: Len Dawson, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Len Dawson

Final score: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7

MVP stat line: 12/17, 142 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

1971: Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Chuck

Final score: Colts 16, Cowboys 13

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

1972: Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Roger Staubach

Final score: Cowboys 24, Dolphins 3

MVP stat line: 12/19, 119 yards passing, two touchdowns

1973: Jake Scott, S, Miami Dolphins

Jake Scott

Final score: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

1974: Larry Csonka, RB, Miami Dolphins

Csonka

Final score: Dolphins 24, Vikings 7

MVP stat line: 145 rushing yards, two touchdowns

1975: Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Franco Harris

Final score: Steelers 16, Vikings 6

MVP stat line: 158 rushing yards, one touchdown

1976: Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Lynn Swann

Final score: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17

MVP stat line: Four receptions, 161 receiving yards, one touchdown

1977: Fred Biletnikoff, WR, Oakland Raiders

Fred

Final score: Raiders 32, Vikings 14

MVP stat line: Four receptions, 79 receiving yards

1978: Harvey Martin, DE, Randy White, DT, Dallas Cowboys

Harvey Martin

Final score: Cowboys 27, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: Three combined sacks

1979: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Terry Bradshaw

Final score: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31

MVP stat line: 17/30, 318 yards passing, four touchdowns, one interception

1980: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Terry Bradshaw

Final score: Steelers 31, Rams 19

MVP stat line: 14/21, 309 yards passing, two touchdowns, three interceptions

1981: Jim Plunkett, QB, Oakland Raiders

Jim Plunkett

Final score: Raiders 27, Eagles 10

MVP stat line: 13/21, 261 yards passing, three touchdowns

1982: Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Joe Montana

Final score: 49ers 26, Bengals 21

MVP stat line: 14/22, 157 yards passing, one touchdown

1983: John Riggins, RB, Washington Redskins

John Riggins

Final score: Redskins 27, Dolphins 17

MVP stat line: 166 rushing yards, one touchdown

1984: Marcus Allen, RB, Los Angeles Raiders

Marcus Allen

Final score: Raiders 38, Redskins 9

MVP stat line: 191 rushing yards, two touchdowns

1985: Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Joe Montana

Final score: 49ers 38, Dolphins 16

MVP stat line: 24/35, 331 yards passing, three touchdowns

1986: Richard Dent, DE, Chicago Bears

Richard Dent

Final score: Bears 46, Patriots 10

MVP stat line: Two sacks

1987: Phil Simms, QB, New York Giants

Phil Simms

Final score: Giants 39, Broncos 20

MVP stat line: 22/25, 268 yards passing, three touchdowns

1988: Doug Williams, QB, Washington Redskins

Doug Williams

Final score: Redskins 42, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: 18/29, 340 yards passing, four touchdowns, one interception

1989: Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Jerry Rice

Final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16

MVP stat line: 11 receptions, 215 receiving yards, one touchdown

1990: Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Joe Montana

Final score: 49ers 55, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: 22/29, 297 yards passing, five touchdowns

1991: Ottis Anderson, RB, New York Giants

Ottis Anderson

Final score: Giants 20, Bills 19

MVP stat line: 102 rushing yards, one touchdown

1992: Mark Rypien, QB, Washington Redskins

Mark Rypien

Final score: Redskins 37, Bills 24

MVP stat line: 18/33, 292 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

1993: Troy Aikman, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Troy Aikman

Final score: Cowboys 52, Bills 17

MVP stat line: 22/30, 273 yards passing, four touchdowns

1994: Emmitt Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Emmitt Smith 1994

Final score: Cowboys 30, Bills 13

MVP stat line: 132 rushing yards, two touchdowns

1995: Steve Young, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Steve Young 1995

Final score: 49ers 49, Chargers 26

MVP stat line: 24/36, 325 yards passing, six touchdowns

1996: Larry Brown, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Larry Brown

Final score: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

1997: Desmond Howard, KR/PR, Green Bay Packers

Desmond Howard

Final score: Packers 35, Patriots 21

MVP stat line: 99-yards kickoff return touchdown

1998: Terrell Davis, RB, Denver Broncos

Terrell Davis

Final score: Broncos 31, Packers 24

MVP stat line: 157 rushing yards, three touchdowns

1999: John Elway, QB, Denver Broncos

John Elway 1999

Final score: Broncos 34, Falcons 19

MVP stat line: 18/29, 336 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

2000: Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis Rams

Kurt Warner 2000

Final score: Rams 23, Titans 16

MVP stat line: 24/45, 414 yards passing, two touchdowns

2001: Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis

Final score: Ravens 34, Giants 7

MVP stat line: Five tackles

2002: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady

Final score: Patriots 20, Rams 17

MVP stat line: 16/27, 145 passing yards, one touchdown

2003: Dexter Jackson, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Final score: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21

MVP stat line: 18/34, 215 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

2004: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady

Final score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29

MVP stat line: 32/48, 345 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception

2005: Deion Branch, WR, New England Patriots

Deion Branch

Final score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21

MVP stat line: 11 receptions, 133 receiving yards

2006: Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Hines Ward

Final score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10

MVP stat line: Five receptions, 123 receiving yards, one touchdown

2007: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning

Final score: Colts 29, Bears 17

MVP stat line: 25/38, 247 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

2008: Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Eli Manning 2008

Final score: Giants 17, Patriots 14

MVP stat line: 19/34, 255 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

2009: Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Santonio Holmes

Final score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

MVP stat line: Nine receptions, 131 receiving yards, one touchdown

2010: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees

Final score: Saints 31, Colts 17

MVP stat line: 32/39, 288 yards passing, two touchdowns

2011: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Final score: Packers 31, Steelers 25

MVP stat line: 24/39, 304 yards passing, three touchdowns

2012: Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Eli Manning

Final score: Giants 21, Patriots 17

MVP stat line: 30/40, 296 yards passing, one touchdown

2013: Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco

Final score: Ravens 34, 49ers 31

MVP stat line: 22/33, 287 yards passing, three touchdowns

2014: Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle Seahawks

Malcolm Smith

Final score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8

MVP stat line: 10 combined tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown, one fumble recovery

2015: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady 2015

Final score: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

MVP stat line: 37/50, 328 yards passing, four touchdowns, two interceptions

2016: Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

Von Miller

Final score: Broncos 24, Panthers 10

MVP stat line: Six combined tackles, two forced fumbles

2017: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady 2017

Final score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28

MVP stat line: 43/62, 466 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

2018: Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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Final score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33

MVP stat line: 28/43, 373 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception, one receiving touchdown                            

2019: Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Final score: Patriot 13, Rams 3

MVP stat line: 10 receptions, 141 receiving yards

2020: Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes.

Final score: Chiefs 31, 49ers 20

MVP stat line: 26/42, 286 yards passing, two touchdowns, two interceptions

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