In Ames, Iowa, they're laughing this week. They've witnessed the many sides of Brock Purdy, the quarterback from Iowa State. They've seen him at his best and at his worst, and they love him regardless. No matter what happens in Super Bowl XVIII, he'll forever be theirs. This is what makes Iowa State special - they embrace and support their players, even when others may overlook them.
Brock Purdy, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has proven himself on and off the field. Not only has he achieved a 23-15 record as a starter, including a school-record nine-win season and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl, but he has also become a beloved figure at both Iowa State and in Ames. He even met his fiancé in Ames and has formed a deep connection with the community.
However, there has been some criticism and labeling of Purdy as a "game manager," a term that he and his coach, Matt Campbell, strongly reject. Purdy has shown that he is much more than a game manager. He has the ability to make big plays, lead his team to victories, and overcome adversity with confidence. His performance in the NFC Championship, where he rallied his team from a 17-point deficit, is a testament to his skills and leadership.
Purdy's journey to the Super Bowl has not been an easy one. He was drafted as the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but injuries to other quarterbacks gave him the opportunity to prove himself. And prove himself he did, becoming the first quarterback to beat Tom Brady in his first career start.
Throughout his career, Purdy has faced doubt and criticism from others. Cam Newton, for example, referred to him as a game manager who isn't winning games for his team. But Purdy has shown time and time again that he is capable of more. He has been recognized as the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona, a member of the All-Big 12 first team, and a contender for NFL MVP.
It's time to put the game manager label to rest. Purdy is a talented and capable quarterback who can make plays and lead his team to victory. He has proven himself on the field and has the support of his coach, his teammates, and the Iowa State community. As he prepares for the Super Bowl, Purdy remains focused on his goal and is ready to show the world what he can do.
Despite the doubters, Purdy's journey from third string to the Super Bowl is a testament to his perseverance and determination. He has overcome obstacles and exceeded expectations, proving that hard work and dedication pay off. As he takes the field on Sunday, Purdy will carry the hopes and dreams of Iowa State and Ames with him. He is not just a quarterback; he is a symbol of hope and inspiration for