QB Brock Purdy Press Conference
QB Brock Purdy
Press Conference – April 30, 2022
San Francisco 49ers
What were your impressions going into the draft? Did you have any inclination of what teams were coming after you or if you were going to hit the undrafted market?
“Yeah, going into the draft the feedback that I was hearing was anywhere from four to undrafted. For me, obviously I believed in myself and understood that I could go in and compete on an NFL roster, that’s just who I am. Going into the draft, I was at peace with whatever was going to happen. Obviously, I was anxious, really from the fourth round on, trying to wait for a call, get my name called, hear from my agent, those kinds of things. Then when I got called at the end, I felt relieved just knowing that I was secure in where I was going.”
Being Mr. Irrelevant, there is a ceremony for you and joking around. Do you embrace this and what surrounds the 262nd pick in the draft?
“I think it is a funny thing. If you’re a fan or a family friend, it is fun to laugh about it. For me, I’m looking at it as an opportunity. A team believed in me and now I get my opportunity to go and play football. That’s what I want my career to be, my job to be. Now I have the opportunity to do so. That’s how I’m looking at it. From the outside, yeah, I guess it’s a funny thing. I’ll embrace the role and have fun with it, for sure, but at the end of the day, I’m trying to help a team win a Super Bowl. That’s where my mindset is at with it.”
What kind of interaction did you have with quarterbacks coach Brian Griese in the lead up to the draft?
“We had a Zoom meeting about a month ago. Him and [assistant quarterbacks coach] Klay Kubiak, we’ve been talking. Klay Kubiak has called me a couple of times outside of the Zoom meeting. Our Zoom went great, and we broke down my thought processes in some of the games I was playing in. We watched my film and I think we hit it off really well. I think they respect the way I go about things, my football IQ, the way I lead, the intangibles I think the like. We had a great meeting on Zoom and like I said, talked with Coach Kubiak periodically up until the draft. That’s the communication we had.”
Did you miss any games in college due to injury? I think you played in most of them. What was a point of pride for you?
“Yeah, I have never missed a game due to injury. There have been games where I’ve gotten hurt, and had to leave the game, but I’ve come back. That’s something that I’m prideful in, being tough. I’m not a quitter. I try to play through injury for the guys on the field that I’m playing with. I think that is one of the strengths that I have as a player. I’m durable and I can take hits. I’m gritty and crafty in the way that I play. It is something that I have clearly shown in the past four years and something I can hang my hat on.”
What do you know about the 49ers quarterback history and what they have currently with QB Trey Lance, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and QB Nate Sudfeld?
“The history, they have one of the greats in [HOF QB] Joe Montana, and then [HOF QB] Steve Young. After that, I’m not so sure. With Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, man, what they did last year and the years before with Jimmy G, I respect them so much. It is enjoyable watching them. How Jimmy operated within the system and being so decisive, I really respected that. With Trey Lance, obviously he had a great career in college and he’s the guy that coaches want to build around. I respect that, too. I respect his game and I want to go in and help build that quarterback room up as best as I can with whatever they need me to do. I’m all for the team, so that’s where I’m at.”
Are there quarterbacks that you looked up to, modeled your game after, see yourself as being similar to in the league or previously in the league?
“Yeah, growing up for me I loved [HOF QB] Brett Favre and how competitive he was, how tough he was and the way he made things happen. Recently, watching [former NFL QB] Drew Brees and [Denver Broncos QB] Russell Wilson, those kind of guys with similar statures like mine who get the job done and are decisive. Russell is able to be crafty outside the pocket. There are things that I admire about his game, have watched and tried to dissect. I really respect those guys and have watched them for years.”