Legendary 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice has heaped praise on his former team’s current starting quarterback, Brock Purdy.
There’s been a lot of doubters of Purdy, who had an unlikely rise to the starting role after being the last pick of the 2022 draft, earning him the “Mr. Irrelevant” title.
Rice doesn’t believe people should disparage Purdy’s successes, which includes back-to-back NFC championship appearances and now a ticket to Super Bowl LVIII, just because of his path thus far.
“‘Mr Irrelevant,’ Brock Purdy, supposed to be that, I guess that game manager, that’s what they keep saying,” Rice told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
“I feel like he’s an elite quarterback. I think we have a chance.”
Later in the interview at Thursday’s Senior Bowl—where Rice’s son Brenden Rice is playing—the Pro Football Hall of Famer compared Purdy to some of the 49ers’ all-time greats as he prepares for Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He makes plays, man, like a Montana, like a Steve Young,” Rice said.
“Just a down-to-earth person who wants to win. He’s going to do everything he can to get that victory.”
Rice won three Super Bowl titles with the 49ers, including the last the franchise won back in 1995.