What Brock Purdy told Kyle Shanahan, 49ers after UCL injury vs. Eagles originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Editor’s Note: “Mr. Relevant: Brock Purdy’s NFL Story,” a 49ers Talk original series, details the QB’s incredible journey from the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft to Bay Area superstar through his eyes and those closest to him, his mom and dad.
It’s a play no 49ers player or fan wants to relive, but it’s a play Brock Purdy never will forget – and a message that coach Kyle Shanahan undoubtedly was sad to receive in the biggest game and moment of the 2022 season.
Facing second-and-6 midway through the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game, Purdy took the snap at midfield in Philadelphia and looked for an open receiver. What happened next altered the young 49ers quarterback’s future and ended his team’s Super Bowl LVII dreams.
“As I’m going back, I see Brandon Aiyuk wide open, and all I can think is, ‘This is going to be a big play,’ ” Purdy told NBC Sports Bay Area in a recent interview. “And all of the sudden, boom. My arm, as I’m coming through, got pulled back [by Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick]. And then I thought, ‘Something’s not right.’
“I felt all of this electricity and fire, pain shooting down my arm. Can’t feel my pinky, my ring finger. I couldn’t feel anything. Almost like I got shot in my arm.”
Purdy tried to stay warm while officials reviewed the play. As much as he wanted to continue throwing the football, though, the pain was too intense. He couldn’t do much more than hand the ball off, and even that didn’t come without pain. So, Purdy had to tell Shanahan the season-altering news.
“I went to the sidelines, talked to Kyle and told him, ‘I don’t know if you can call a pass play here.’ ” Brock said. “He says, ‘Are you talking about a deep play?’ And I told him, ‘I don’t know if I can throw.’ ”
That might have surprised some, but one man watching the game in Arizona knew…
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Publish date : 2023-09-15 22:11:26
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