Why 49ers QB Brock Purdy views time at Iowa State as ‘blessing in disguise’

Brock Purdy spent his school profession as Iowa State’s beginning quarterback, the place he skilled the glory of victory and agony of defeat loads of instances throughout a four-year span.

After serving to the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship Game with a divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the rookie mirrored on how his school days formed him into the participant he’s at the moment.

“[Playing at Iowa State] taught me tips on how to be actual about myself,” Purdy instructed NBC Sports’ Peter King. “I discovered a lot simply by successful and being profitable after which additionally shedding some massive video games. I discovered tips on how to overcome some issues, consider in myself, but in addition not be too excessive when issues are nice, or simply since you’ve misplaced a pair video games doesn’t suggest you are horrible.”

Purdy, picked final by San Francisco in the 2022 NFL Draft, has but to lose a recreation as the 49ers’ starter since taking up for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13 towards the Miami Dolphins.

He noticed related success throughout his junior 12 months at Iowa State, main the Cyclones to one in every of their finest seasons in faculty historical past with a 9-3 file, Fiesta Bowl victory and No. 9 rating in the ultimate Associated Press Top 25 ballot.

His senior season did not go fairly as nicely at 7-6, however Purdy believes which may have been for the higher, given what his future held.

“Honestly it was a blessing in disguise as a result of after I got here right here for the NFL, I used to be already used to the game being onerous, and being coached onerous, and it was all the time, ‘How can I get higher?’ I feel it is allowed me to have some success,” Purdy instructed King.

Purdy’s teammate and favourite goal, George Kittle, lately shared an identical outlook on Purdy’s school profession with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. The tight finish believes Purdy’s potential to bounce again after errors stems from his time as a Cyclone.

“If you are the rationale you misplaced, with the ability to bounce again from that and preserve your confidence, that is an acquired talent set,” Kittle instructed Maiocco on the “49ers Talk” podcast. “Not all people has that. If you’ve got gained your total life, you may not know tips on how to bounce again, particularly when the stress is at its highest.”

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell instructed King that the group’s success typically relied on Purdy and Purdy alone. He has extra help now that he is throwing to the 49ers’ offense, however these days in Iowa taught him tips on how to cope with stress early on.

“Not solely did Brock must have the maturity to return right here, however then he has success straight away and so they put him on a pedestal,” Campbell instructed King. “They crown him king straight away. You [got to] cope with the stress, no completely different than an NFL quarterback. They’re anticipating him to play elite all of the time when we do not have elite gamers all the time round him. We had some actually good gamers round him however not like what he is acquired proper now.

“Learning tips on how to fail was large. It’s one thing we talked about rather a lot, fairly truthfully, in our program …There was no [Christian] McCaffrey right here, no Deebo [Samuel]no [Brandon} Aiyuk, no elite defense. In our program, he was trusted, he was an elite competitor, and he was tough. When you have those three qualities, there’s not many in our society that have all three of them. I think you’re seeing all of them come to fruition right now at the highest level.”

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Purdy since has used that adversity to show the world Mr. Irrelevant is nothing but a name.

He’ll face his biggest challenge yet against the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia, but the rookie already has shown he can handle any situation — win or lose — with poise.

“When I first got in against Miami,” Purdy told King, “it was like, ‘Man, I’m playing in the NFL. I’m showing the guys I can play.’ But that goes away. You have to do the job. At this point, it’s playoff football and all I can think about is what I have to do for my team. I don’t make it more than what it is. But yeah, to say that we’re going to the NFC Championship Game, obviously, I’m very thankful and blessed to even be in this position.”

 

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