There’s no denying that Tom Brady and Brock Purdy share some similarities when it comes to their NFL origin stories – two late-round draft picks, both of whom landed in starting roles on championship-level teams.
One became the GOAT, earning seven rings in a Hall of Fame career, while the other is trying to become the first ever rookie QB to reach the Super Bowl.
So, could Purdy, the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, end up getting as many Vince Lombardi trophies as Brady, a sixth-round pick, when all is said and done? NBC Sports Bay Area’s Donte Whitner certainly thinks it’s possible.
“Hear me out, hear me out,” Whitner said on the latest edition of “Hitner’s Hot Take.” Brock Purdy is Tom Brady’s second coming.
“Now listen to me. If Brock Purdy takes the 49ers to the championship and eventually brings the Lombardi back to the Bay Area, I think we can go ahead and crown him the starter for the 49ers for the next decade.”
Whitner reflected on Brady’s rise in the league, where then-sophomore quarterback for the New England Patriots replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe during the second game of the 2001 NFL season. Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory that year, Bledsoe was traded off-season and the rest is history.
Similarly, Purdy became the 49ers’ starter this season after first-string quarterback Trey Lance broke his ankle in Week 2 and his backup Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot in Week 13. In Whitner’s eyes, that move, despite the status of Lance in the next season can continue. as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
“Think back to when Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe — a $100 million contract,” Whitner continued. “Now it will be Brock Purdy replacing Trey Lance, the number 3 pick.
“But it’s all based on these next two ball games. Brock Purdy is Tom Brady’s second coming.”
Those are certainly some big expectations for Purdy to meet. Should Whitner’s prediction come true, perhaps the passing of the torch occurred as Purdy led the 49ers to a 35-7 blowout over Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.
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As is always the case with the 49ers’ quarterback situation, there’s plenty of time to think about who will rank where on next season’s depth chart in the coming months.
For now, Purdy is targeting the Philadelphia Eagles, who he must take through Sunday’s NFC Championship Game to reach the Super Bowl.
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