Brock Purdy’s Unlikely Path To Greatness

Feb 4, 2024

Sometimes we see the most unlikely NFL success stories emerge in the NFL, from Kurt Warner going from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP to the beanpole QB from Michigan named Tom who was the 199th pick in the 2000 draft that went on to win 7 Super Bowls, we may have another unlikely Super Bowl Success story in the making with a kid from Arizona named Brock Purdy. Prudy was an Arizona high school powerhouse where He was named Gatorade’s Football Player of the Year and was named high school Football Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic before committing to Iowa State where he was a three-time All-Big 12 quarterback and the holder of 32 school records.

Now his NFL path was different than many starting QBs, he was drafted with the 262 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft known as Mr. Irrelevant t, which meant his roster spot wasn’t guaranteed and he like Tom and Kurt would have to work his tail off. However, this past week it was revealed that in the 2022 Training Camp, the QB3 aka Brock Purdy was the team’s best QB over 1st round pick Trey Lance and the starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Brock did some cleanup time in week 2 VS Seattle and again in week 7 VS Kansas City, but it wasn’t until week 13 VS Miami when Jimmy Garoppolo went down early with a foot injury, Brock was called into action to help the 49ers win against the Miami Dolphins and on that December Sunday, Brock won the game and became the first ever Mr. Irrelevant to throw an NFL touchdown in a regular season game. Brock went on to finish the regular season 5-0 including becoming the first NFL QB to beat Tom Brady in their first career start and his season ended when he tore his UCL in the NFC Championship game.

Now onto his story and greatness. Brock Purdy has had a lot of skeptics and doubters on apart that he didn’t start a full season and was considered a game manager and hadn’t proven much considering his 7th-round pick status and the fact his offence is littered with all pros. So Brock decided to go out and lead San Francisco to a 12-5 record, an NFC West title and the NFC’s number 1 seed. Purdy completed the regular season leading the league in passer rating, total quarterback rating, and yards gained per attempt plus was named the starter for the NFC at the Pro Bowl Games. Proving that he belongs among the current top crop of NFL quarterbacks and next Sunday,

I know a lot of people like to talk about Patrick Mahomes and his conquest to chase Tom Brady and his seven rings, but Brock will be the first Mr. Irrelevant to quarterback a Super Bowl team and if the 49ers win the Super Bowl in a week from now, not only will he become one of the youngest QBs in NFL history to win the Super Bowl, but the first Mr. Irrelevant to QB a Super Bowl winning team, cementing his place in NFL history and showing that no matter where you get picked in the draft if you put in the work and are dedicated, you can carve your path to greatness.

Griff Bordignon

Hi, my name is Griff and I'm a complete sports nut. I love to play sports, watch sports and most importantly bet on sports too. If I'm not watching or betting on sports, you can find me on the golf course, between the pipes as your average beer league goaltender. Although sports take up most of my life, I also love spending time with my two dogs, streaming usually a 90's Simpson's or attempting to read more books.

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