49ers’ Brock Purdy calls joining Dan Marino in NFL record book ‘pretty cool’

49ers’ Brock Purdy calls joining Dan Marino in NFL record book ‘pretty cool’

49ers rookie Brock Purdy wears number 13 in honor of Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino, and now the 23-year-old shares an interesting stat with one of the best quarterbacks -back of all time.

Purdy joins Marino as the only QBs since 1950 with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100 or more in each of their first three career starts.

While the 49ers starting quarterback is focused on the field, he understands that sometimes he has to stop and smell the roses and appreciate being in the same sentence with a player his father idolized.

“Yeah, I think that’s pretty cool. I’m not a big fan of stats and all that stuff, but when it’s Dan Marino it’s pretty cool,” Purdy told reporters Thursday.

“My dad grew up a Miami Dolphins fan and we were all Dolphins fans growing up, and I wear 13 because of Dan Marino, so to have those kind of stats, I think it’s kinda cool to take a step back and be thankful and thankful for where you are at but again, like I said, I don’t meddle in. That’s not my driving force or my goal to break that record or something. It happens, but yeah, very grateful.

The 23-year-old added that growing up, Marino was his unofficial teacher, as Purdy’s father often made him study the legendary Dolphins quarterback through internet videos to pick up on his tendencies.

“My dad would always tell me when he was teaching me to throw and everything was always, ‘Man, you gotta have a quick release, quicker than that,'” Purdy said.

“I’m like, ‘Dad, I don’t know if I can, man.’ He’s like, ‘Marino got a quick release.’ But yes, there was definitely a movie about Marino on YouTube.

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The 49ers quarterback has impressed since taking over the job from Jimmy Garoppolo, who broke his foot against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13.

If Purdy continues at the pace he’s been at, he makes a strong case as a candidate to be the NFL’s 2023 starter.

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