Brock Purdy could be Tom Brady’s second coming, says Donte Whitner

There’s no denying that Tom Brady and Brock Purdy share some similarities when it comes to their NFL origin stories — two late-round draft picks, both rocketing into starting roles on championship-caliber teams.

One became the GOAT, earning seven rings during a Hall of Fame career, while the other is trying to become the first rookie QB to reach the Super Bowl.

So could Purdy, the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, possibly end up with as many Vince Lombardi trophies as Brady, a sixth-round pick, when all is said and done? Donte Whitner of NBC Sports Bay Area certainly thinks it’s possible.

“Listen to me, listen to me,” Whitner said in the latest edition of “Hitner’s Hot Take.” “Brock Purdy is the second coming of Tom Brady.

“Now hear me out. If Brock Purdy takes the 49ers to the championship and ultimately brings the Lombardi back to the Bay Area, I think we can go ahead and crown him as the 49ers starter for the next decade.”

Whitner reflected on Brady’s rise in the league, which saw the then-second-year New England Patriots quarterback replacing injured Drew Bledsoe in Game 2 of the 2001 NFL season. Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl win that year, Bledsoe was traded in the offseason, and the rest is history.

Similarly, Purdy became the 49ers’ starter this season after quarterback Trey Lance broke his ankle in Week 2 and replacement Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot in Week 13. Whitner’s eyes, that move could carry over into next season despite Lance’s status. as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Think back to when Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe — a $100 million deal,” Whitner continued. “Now it will be Brock Purdy who will replace Trey Lance, the third choice.

“But it all depends on those next two ball games. Brock Purdy is Tom Brady’s second coming.”

Those are certainly high expectations for Purdy. If Whitner’s prediction comes true, perhaps the passing of the torch took place when Purdy led the 49ers to a 35-7 blowout against Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.

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As is always the case with the 49ers quarterback situation, there’s plenty of time to think about who will be where on next season’s depth chart in the months ahead.

For now, Purdy’s focus is on the Philadelphia Eagles, which he’ll have to get through in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in order to reach the Super Bowl.

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