Going from Mr. Irrelevant in the 2022 NFL Draft to spoiling Tom Brady’s homecoming, San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy has almost seen it all after Sunday’s 35-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 22-year-old Purdy defeated Brady with a 185-yard throw and two touchdowns. Purdy also added a rushing touchdown. With his family at Levi Stadium to witness his first start, the FOX broadcast showed Purdy’s father getting emotional after his first touchdown pass.
Selected with the final pick of this year’s draft from Iowa State, Purdy earned himself the nickname “Mr. Irrelevant,” but was pushed into contention against the Miami Dolphins last week after starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot.
After the game, Purdy called it “surreal” to play on the same field as Brady.
“Just standing there, like ‘man, that’s Tom Brady,’ talking to guys and busting guys and stuff,” Purdy told reporters with a big smile on his face.
“That he just respected what I did today was pretty cool, I’m not going to lie. As a little kid all those years watching that guy kill him, win Super Bowls, and then even be able to give him a high five or whatever, I thought that was pretty cool.
Purdy also mentioned the importance of having his family there and their continued support.
“Throughout my life, the ups and downs of playing quarterback in general, high school and college, it’s the people back home that just believe in you and they always see the best in you. They believed in me when I was the last pick and all that stuff.
Brady struggled to find his rhythm, finishing with 253 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Brady, 45, complimented Purdy’s performance after the game, saying he played “really well”.
“Throw a lot of good balls,” Brady told reporters. “Hung there in the blitz and they did a good job, they did a really good job.”
Brady, who is from San Mateo, California, also had his family on hand on Sunday, but added that he wishes the team could have done better.
“I love having everyone here,” Brady said. “Nice for my family to get close. I think they brought in a lot of people from the area. Unfortunately, it will not change the outcome of the game.”
Brady requested 100 tickets to Sunday’s game from friends and family, FOX side reporter Erin Andrews said ahead of kickoff.
The 49ers improved to 9-4 with the win, while the Buccaneers fell to 6-7 on the season.
San Francisco has a quick turnaround as they will travel to Seattle on Thursday night to take on the Seahawks. Tampa will host the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.