From Mr. Irrelevant in the 2022 NFL Draft to the spoiling of Tom Brady’s homecoming, San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy has seen just about everything after Sunday’s 35-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Purdy, 22, outpaced Brady for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Purdy also added a rushing touchdown. With his family at Levi Stadium to witness his first start, the FOX show showed Purdy’s father getting emotional after his first touchdown pass.
Purdy was selected from the state of Iowa with the final pick of this year’s draft, earning the nickname “Mr. Irrelevant,” but was nudged into the fight against the Miami Dolphins last week after starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot.
After the game, Purdy called it “surreal” to be playing on the same field as Brady.
“Just standing there like, ‘Man, that’s Tom Brady,’ talking to guys and turning guys upside down and stuff like that,” Purdy told reporters with a big smile on his face.
“It was pretty cool for him to just have respect for what I did today, I’m not going to lie. As a little kid I watched this guy kill it all these years, win Super Bowls and then even give it a high five or whatever at the end, I thought that was pretty cool.”
Purdy also mentioned the importance of having his family there and their unending support.
“Throughout my life, the ups and downs of playing quarterback in general, high school and college, they’re the people at home who just believe in you and always see the best in you. They believed in me when I was the last draft pick and all that stuff.”
Brady struggled to find his rhythm and finished with 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Brady, 45, praised Purdy’s performance after the game and said he played “really well”.
“Throwed a lot of good balls,” Brady told reporters. “Persevered with the Blitz and they did a good job, they did a really good job.”
Brady, who is from San Mateo, Calif., also had his family on hand on Sunday but added he wished the team could have done a better job.
“I love having everyone here,” Brady said. “Nice for my family to be close by. I think a lot of people from the neighborhood came. Unfortunately, it will not change the result of the game.”
Brady has requested 100 tickets to Sunday’s game for friends and family, FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews said before kick-off.
The 49ers improved to 9-4 with the win while the Buccaneers fell to 6-7 in the season.
San Francisco has a quick turnaround as they are expected to travel to Seattle on Thursday night to face the Seahawks. Tampa hosts the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.