SANTA CLARA — There’s not much that surprises Brock Purdy, but seeing his name on the 49ers’ 2023 team captains list did surprise him a little.
With all the preparation for the 49ers’ Week 1 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the second-year quarterback forgot about the team captain vote. Then he saw his name on the blackboard
“I wasn’t really thinking about it,” Purdy said Thursday. “I’ve just been trying to get better every day. Come to practice, try to push the guys around me and be ready for Week 1. That’s really what my mentality has been.”
“When we came in for a meeting, we voted for this stuff, I was kind of like shooting, I forgot to vote for the captains, and as soon as we came back two days later, I saw my name on the board and I said, ‘Wow’. What an honor.'”
It is not often the case that players in their second season are voted captain. However, Purdy proved to his teammates that he not only had what it takes to lead the attack, but the team as a whole.
The last time the 49ers voted for a sophomore captain was in 2018, when George Kittle first earned the distinction. Needless to say, Purdy was humbled and appreciative of his new title.
“I’m very honored to be able to be voted on by my teammates and teammates to be a team captain and to have my teammates think of me that way. It means a lot to me,” Purdy said.
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