Brock Purdy, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has exceeded all expectations this season. Despite being drafted in the seventh round, Purdy has proven himself to be a valuable asset to his team. He has thrown 31 touchdowns and accumulated 4,280 passing yards, placing him among the top quarterbacks in the league.
However, what sets Purdy apart is his salary. Due to his draft position, Purdy is earning just $870,000 this season, significantly less than other starting quarterbacks in the playoffs. For comparison, players like Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are making millions.
Surprisingly, Purdy's salary is even lower than what some college football players are earning through name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals. According to On3's proprietary NIL algorithm, 16 college players made more money than Purdy this season. The top earners include Shedeur Sanders, Arch Manning, Travis Hunter, Quinn Ewers, and Jalen Milroe.
NIL deals have opened up new opportunities for college athletes to earn money outside of their scholarships. These deals can come from university collectives or endorsements with brands. Purdy himself has undisclosed off-field endorsements with brands like Alaska Airlines, Toyota, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Despite his relatively low salary, Purdy maintains a humble lifestyle. In an interview, he mentioned having a roommate who is one of the offensive linemen and driving a Toyota Sequoia. While living in California, one of the highest taxed states in the country, Purdy remains grounded.
The success of Purdy and the 49ers was evident in their recent victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL's divisional playoff round. As the playoffs continue, Purdy will have the opportunity to prove himself even further.
Despite his financial circumstances, Purdy's talent and determination have propelled him to succeed in the NFL. As his journey unfolds, football fans will continue to watch and support this rising star.