Sports stat-mad Americans today are ecstatic about Brock Purdy, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers in American football. In Sunday night’s 27-14 win over Tampa Bay, the youngster threw 25 passes, 21 of which reached their target. Passed for 333 total yards and three touchdowns with none of his passes being intercepted.
That gave him a 158.3 rating on the special quarterback rating scale, something not seen in San Francisco since 1989, when Joe Montana achieved it. Who is considered one of the three greatest players in NFL history, as well as possibly one of the two best at the quarterback position, along with Tom Brady.
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“He’s phenomenal. The highest class possible, I watch him every day in practice,” defensive lineman Nick Bosa, who is a league superstar, said of Purdy.
Brady himself watched the game and commented that “such precision is extremely rare, and Brock’s confidence is simply amazing.”
Here is the key – the confidence of this young man is truly impressive.
He entered the league a year ago when San Francisco took him last of all players included in the draft – 262nd in the seventh round.
The title of Mr. Insignificant is given each year to whoever occupies this 262nd position. One type – the one that no one really wanted, but remained “on the market”.
He started last season as the third or even fourth choice at quarterback, but a series of injuries forced him to play. And he played, helping the team to the playoffs and a step away from the Super Bowl. He was injured in Philadelphia’s decisive loss to San Francisco and has been in top form this season, throwing for 18 touchdowns in 10 games and his team once again among the favorites to play in the Finals.
Sunday’s performance has already put him in the conversation for a potential regular season MVP as well. And until a few months ago, he was Mr. Insignificant… In about a year, he won the right to be quite “significant” in the extremely competitive league of American football.