Perry High School on Queen Creek Road in Gilbert, Ariz., is one of those low-lying, penitentiary-looking facilities with concrete tan walls and no windows in the front. The edifice was built and opened in 2007.
It’s one current claim to fame is that San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy went to school and played football for the Pumas before barely being recruited by Iowa State and then drafted by the Niners as pick No. 262—dead last—in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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For that act alone Purdy became the next “Mr. Irrelevant.” When it was suggested recently it might be time for a new nickname, Purdy demurred.
“Mr. Irrelevant is just fine with me,” he said, punctuating a point made by Heather Patterson, the school’s long-time principal, in a recent interview with Sportico.
“Brock has never changed,” Patterson said. “What you see is what you get. He was just a pleasure to have around our campus.”
The world is about to get a long look at Purdy Sunday in Super Bowl 58 as the Niners take on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The contrast between competing quarterbacks couldn’t be more stark.
Patrick Mahomes has taken the Chiefs to four Super Bowls during the last five years, winning two–in 2020 over the Niners in his second full season and last year over the Philadelphia Eagles. No NFL team has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots of 2004 and 2005.
The Niners haven’t won the Super Bowl since 1995 when Steve Young was quarterback. They’ve won five, with Joe Montana at the helm for the first four.
Purdy has a chance to join the pantheon of San Francisco Hall of Fame QBs. Mahomes says he shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“I’ve seen Brock play since college. I knew how good he was,” Mahomes said Monday during the Super Bowl’s Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. “I watched him play a ton. He was a winner and he made plays happen all through his college career. Usually when…
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Publish date : 2024-02-10 13:00:00
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