Brock Purdy May Be Tom Brady’s Second Coming, Donte Whitner Believes – NBC Los Angeles

Is Purdy the second coming of Brady? Whitner Makes a Strong Case originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

There’s no denying that Tom Brady and Brock Purdy share some similarities when it comes to their NFL origin stories: two late-round draft picks, both thrust into starting roles on championship-caliber teams.

One became the GOAT, earning seven rings throughout his Hall of Fame career, while the other is trying to become the first rookie QB to reach the Super Bowl.

So could Purdy, the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, eventually end up with as many Vince Lombardi Trophies as Brady, a sixth-round pick, when all is said and done? NBC Sports Bay Area’s Donte Whitner certainly thinks it’s possible.

“Listen to me, listen to me,” Whitner said on the latest edition of “Hitner’s Hot Take.” “Brock Purdy is the second coming of Tom Brady.

“Now listen to me. If Brock Purdy leads the 49ers to a championship and finally brings Lombardi back to the Bay Area, I think we can go ahead and crown him the 49ers starter for the next decade.”

Whitner reflected on Brady’s rise to the league, which saw the then-second-year New England Patriots quarterback fill in for an injured Drew Bledsoe during the second game of the 2001 NFL season. Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory that year, Bledsoe was traded in the offseason, and the rest is history.

Similarly, Purdy became the starter for the 49ers this season after starting quarterback Trey Lance broke his ankle in Week 2 and his backup Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot in Week 13. In Whitner’s eyes, that move could continue next season despite Lance’s status. as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Think about when Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe: $100 million contract,” Whitner continued. “Now, Brock Purdy will replace Trey Lance, the number 3 pick.

“But it’s all based on these next two games. Brock Purdy is the second coming of Tom Brady.”

Those certainly are some of the big expectations that Purdy must meet. If Whitner’s prediction works, perhaps the passing of the torch took place when Purdy led the 49ers to a 35-7 rout of Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.

As is always the case with the 49ers’ quarterback situation, there’s plenty of time to think about who will be where on next season’s depth chart in the coming months.

For now, Purdy is focused on the Philadelphia Eagles, who he’ll have to beat in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game to reach the Super Bowl.