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Did Brock Purdy just provide the best Mr. Irrelevant highlight reel in NFL history?

We may have witnessed history yesterday in the National Football League, a feat that might never happen again.

The GOAT of all GOATS, Tom Brady, just got pieced by a the 49ers, led by the 2022 last pick of the draft, aka Mr. Irrelevant. This is the first time ever that TB12 lost to an opposing quarterback who was making their first career start.

Who might that be? Well, his name is Brock Purdy.

Showing small glimpses early in the season in garbage time, Brock Purdy became the first Mr. Irrelevant to complete a forward pass in a regular season in Week 7, and later the first to throw a touchdown pass in Week 13. As mentioned, yesterday was where more history was made, when he became the first quarterback to ever beat Tom Brady in his first career start. It was a masterclass of a game too, where the 49ers routed the Buccaneers 35-7, thanks to 184 yards and two touchdowns from Mr. Purdy. Oh, he also rushed for one too. Not too shabby, Rook!

Just when the quarterback controversy was settling down in San Fran, the 49ers might have a new competitor throwing his hat in the ring.

We might be getting ahead of ourselves here, but nevertheless, what Brock Purdy accomplished was worth the celebration. It arguably might be one of the biggest accomplishments that a Mr. Irrelevant has achieved. Looking at the archives, there a few names who stand out who have made a name for themselves besides being the last man standing in the draft room.

Most Notable Mr. Irrelevant Highlights and Accolades

  • Bill Fischer (1948): First Mr. Irrelevant to appear in a Pro Bowl.

  • Tyrone McGriff (1980): Was named 1980 All-Rookie Team. Won 1983 USFL Championship and All-Star.

  • John Tuggle (1983): 1983 New York Giants Special Team Player of the Year.

  • Marty Moore (1994): First Mr. Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl and to win a Super Bowl (Patriots - XXXVI.)

  • Ryan Succop (2009): Went on to tie the NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86.2%, and also passed NFL Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for most field goals made by a rookie in Chiefs history. Mack Lee Hill award winner in 2009. Won Super Bowl LV with the Bucs and became the second Mr. Irrelevant to win an NFL championship, and first to play and win a Super Bowl as a starter and an active player.

  • Chad Kelly (2017): Won the 109th Grey Cup in the CFL

Couple of outside NFL accomplishments, a tag along Super Bowl ring, and special teamers. Not bad, but not ground breaking. If the 49ers make the playoffs and Brock Purdy makes a name for himself, could he be the greatest last pick ever?


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