Brock Purdy is penning some type of story.
“Mr. Irrelevant’’ from the 2022 NFL Draft — the nickname given to the final participant chosen — is something however irrelevant getting into the NFL playoffs.
The 23-year-old rookie quarterback for the 49ers is without doubt one of the most exceptional tales to this NFL season and he writes the most recent chapter to his unbelievable tome on Saturday when 13-4 San Francisco performs 9-8 Seattle within the NFC wild-card playoff sport at Levi’s Stadium.
Increase your hand in the event you fired up your betting app earlier than the season and put cash on an NFC playoff sport between the 49ers and Seahawks pitting Brock Purdy and Geno Smith as quarterbacks.
Purdy is the third quarterback the 49ers have performed this season in what has change into probably the most weird quarterback-carousel curler coasters in reminiscence.
Trey Lance, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s selection because the franchise quarterback, began the primary two video games and was misplaced for the season with a damaged leg in Week 2.
Enter Jimmy Garoppolo, the veteran who regardless of main the group to a Tremendous Bowl three years in the past was seemingly undesirable by the franchise, which grudgingly introduced him again for 2022 as an insurance coverage backup. Garoppolo performed effectively, maybe saved the group’s season going 7-3 because the starter, till he suffered a damaged foot on Dec. 4.
Brock Purdy has risen to to the second when the 49ers wanted him. AP
Enter Purdy, an afterthought third-stringer out of Iowa State.
All he’s achieved is lead the 49ers to wins of their last 5 video games of the common season, finishing 67.1 % of his passes for 1,374 yards with 13 TDs to simply 4 INTs and a 106.3 ranking.
Increase your hand in the event you positioned a guess on the 49ers being a 9.5-point favourite to win a playoff sport with Brock Purdy at quarterback.
What a narrative.
It’s a narrative that has drawn the eye of — and comparability to — a Corridor of Fame quarterback who authored one of many best unlikely journeys in NFL historical past, Kurt Warner.
The floor comparisons are easy. Warner is an Iowa native who performed his faculty ball at Northern Iowa and, when he was ignored by the NFL, turned a star for the Iowa Barnstormers within the Area Soccer League earlier than lastly carving out his unbelievable NFL profession that included a Tremendous Bowl title.
Warner, an NFL Community analyst who now lives in Arizona (the place Purdy is from), has stored an in depth eye on Purdy’s journey and smiled.
“It’s been enjoyable to observe Brock’s journey,’’ Warner instructed The Publish on Friday. “They neglected me they usually neglected him to a sure diploma, as a result of he was picked so late [No. 262 overall].’’
Kurt Warner loved a Corridor of Fame profession regardless of not being drafted. Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures
Because the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, 9 backup quarterbacks have led their groups to championships. Amongst that group are Corridor of Famers reminiscent of Warner.
Whereas he’s completely embracing Purdy’s journey, Warner desires everybody to “sit again and let him write his personal story.’’
“Tom Brady when he received his first Tremendous Bowl wasn’t the Tom Brady that we all know now, the best of all time,’’ Warner stated. “He had an excellent group, he threw for 150 yards  within the [first] Tremendous Bowl and one TD within the playoffs that 12 months. He was capable of change into Tom Brady.
“We’ll know who Brock is 4 or 5 years from now. Proper now, he doesn’t need to be the subsequent Tom Brady, he doesn’t need to be the subsequent Kurt Warner. Simply go do your factor this 12 months and embrace this second.
“Finally, we’ll begin to see, can Brock Purdy be a franchise quarterback, can Brock Purdy be an All-Professional, can Brock Purdy be a Corridor of Famer? We’ll get to see that down the street. We don’t must see that proper now.’’
Brock Purdy was the final participant chosen within the 2022 NFL draft. AP
Proper now, Purdy is solely probably the most exceptional success story within the NFL. And he has the moxie of somebody who believes he belongs and the numbers to again it up.
“It doesn’t seem like it’s too large for him,’’ Warner stated. “And that’s what excites you. If he’s doing this proper now, perhaps he’s obtained a shot, perhaps he will be a type of guys.’’
When he takes the sphere Sunday, Purdy would be the lowest-drafted rookie quarterback to start out a playoff sport — by 110 picks.
Kurt Warner has loved watching Brock Purdy write his personal underdog story. Getty Pictures
Since 2010, in response to ESPN, rookie quarterbacks are 2-9 in playoff video games. You suppose Purdy cares about that stat? Right here’s one which issues extra: The 49ers averaged 22.6 factors earlier than Purdy began and are averaging 33.5 factors in his 5 begins.
Maybe extra magic awaits. No rookie has ever led his group to a Tremendous Bowl.
Together with his profession full, his Tremendous Bowl title and his Corridor of Fame jacket hanging within the closet, Warner wrote a best-selling e book about his journey that’s since been made right into a film.
Purdy doesn’t have a writer but, however he’s writing away. Together with his thoughts, moxie and his proper arm.