Sunday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy hopes to do something: hold up the Lombardi Trophy. Just 652 days ago, Purdy was where he is now, in Las Vegas, but instead of preparing for the Super Bowl, he was preparing to hear his name called in the 2022 NFL Draft.
He had to wait until the very last selection, No. 262, and his journey from that last pick to Super Bowl starter was not an easy one. He went from third-string quarterback to starter last season, dealing with injuries and outside noise along the way. But it all built up to the biggest moment of his career.
As he prepared to face the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, one thing kept bothering him. Feeling the need to be perfect was something that was “eating at him” … until he realized that perfection isn’t actually necessary to achieve victory Sunday night, CBS Sports’ Evan Washburn reported.
Purdy said he realized he didn’t have to be perfect in the game for the 49ers to win, and that changed his attitude and approach to the game. He realized this while watching some of Tom Brady’s performances in the playoffs and Super Bowl.
The second-year player said that watching Brady in big games, he saw that No. 12 wasn’t a “superhero” for four quarters, but performed in crucial moments and during crucial training. That “ah-ha” moment gave Purdy “peace” and “confidence” as he heads into the biggest match of his career.
Brady has more Super Bowl rings than any quarterback in NFL history with seven, so he’s not a bad person to turn to for insight. The “GOAT” was also a low draft pick, waiting until the sixth round (No. 199 overall) before his name was called. And like Purdy, he was lucky to take the field due to injuries to the quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Chiefs and 49ers will face off at Allegiant Stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on CBS, with a family stream on Nickelodeon and streaming on Paramount+.