The Iowa State product has done an outstanding job of keeping the ship afloat in the most crucial stretch of the season, even in a game where the rival’s defense made it quite tough to march up and down the field.
But unlike what usually happens when a player shockingly and suddenly turns into a star, Purdy has been quite calm and pragmatic about his situation.
He’s not about the flashy lights and doesn’t want all the attention that comes with being the Niners’ QB, and that has shown in how he’s handled himself thus far.
That’s why NFL analyst Peter Schrager believes his attire before and after Sunday’s win was a symbol of the Niners’ season thus far:
“Purdy showed up in a beige rain jacket and a backpack and left wearing a plain white T-Shirt,” Schrager said. “And that’s fine. It’s symbolic of this team, their style, and their identity. From the last pick in the Draft to one of the last 4 QBs remaining in the season.”
"Purdy showed up in a beige rain jacket and a backpack and left wearing a plain white T-Shirt.
And that's fine. It's symbolic of this @49ers team, their style, and their identity. From the last pick in the Draft to one of the last 4 QBs remaining in the season."
– @Pschrags pic.twitter.com/aGadWWLvUH
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) January 23, 2023
Purdy hasn’t talked about his dream-like start to his career.
Instead, he’s always raving about working hard, trying to get better, and doing whatever it takes to lead Kyle Shanahan’s team to the ultimate glory.
Of course, one never knows what the future holds, especially in such a ruthless business.
Chances are the Niners will turn to Trey Lance again next season, and Purdy may or may not fare this well with a lesser team — IF he even gets the chance.
So, props to Purdy for staying grounded and just focusing on what actually matters: Winning football games.
The flashy clothes and the cocky catchphrases can wait.
To quote the late great Kobe Bryant: Job’s not finished.