49ers New Quarterback Brock Purdy makes a successful debut


The Catalyst / Gianna Shaughnessy

The first string quarterback for the 49ers, Trey Lance, is out with a recovering broken ankle for the rest of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo, the second string quarterback, is out with a foot injury, consequently causing him to not be able to play whatsoever. Brock Purdy, a 23-year old Iowa State alum, is put to the test as he steps up as the third string 49ers quarterback.

In Glendale, Arizona, Purdy was the star quarterback at Perry High School. He won Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year and had phenomenal stats. Senior year, he chose to commit to Iowa State even though he was given many other prestigious offers.

Coincidentally in college, Purdy was a third string quarterback at Iowa State, but rose to the occasion in freshman year when the first and second string quarterbacks were out. He was the Cyclones star player, breaking and tying many school records. Most notably, Purdy broke the record for most passing years in a career and single season.

In the 2022 NFL Draft, he was the 262nd pick. Nevertheless, on December 11, Purdy delivered his first-career start where he beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brock Purdy is the only quarterback to beat Tom Brady in a first career start.

Since then, he led the 49ers to the playoffs and the team had a 12-game-win streak. He has broken a multitude of records, including many that have not been touched since 1950.

One would think Purdy would succumb to the vast amount of pressure he is under, but after the first and second playoff game where the Niners beat the Seahawks and the Cowboys, it is clear that before he suffered an injury in the Superbowl qualifying game, Purdy had it under control.

The success of this young quarterback begs the question, what happens to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garropola once they are recovered? Purdy has a 4-year contract with the Niners, and some speculate that other teams will give him offers. Many wonder if he will stay with the 49ers.