Brock Purdy’s parents are very involved in his football career
Brock Purdy’s comeback story from “Mr. Irrelevant” to season-saving quarterback is nothing short of a fairy tale – and his parents surely know it.
Brock’s dad, Shawn Purdy, and his mom, Carrie Purdy, have been with their son every step of the way, from seeing him first grab a football to hearing a stadium full of fans chanting his name. And it was that celebratory moment that undid his dad, who went viral for his tears as he watched his son start and win his first NFL game for the San Francisco 49ers in December 2022.
While the unlikely journey from the last pick of the 2022 NFL draft to starting quarterback intrigues many football fans, Brock said it was most special to have his family there to witness it all.
"It just means a lot because throughout my whole life, the ups and downs of playing quarterback in general ... they're the people at home that believe in you and they always see the best in you," he told CBS Bay Area after the game.
The support of his parents has continued to drive the football player. “They've believed in me even though I was the last draft pick," Brock said after the game. "They've always been telling me, ‘You're good enough and we know that you can do it.’ And so, to see them after that performance meant a lot to me and [I’m] so very blessed to have them as my family."
Here is everything to know about Brock Purdy’s parents, Shawn Purdy and Carrie Purdy.
His parents made a fateful decision to settle in Arizona
While Shawn grew up in Florida and Carrie was raised in California, the couple chose to start their family in Phoenix.
“He wasn’t going to California, and I wasn’t going to Florida. This was our compromise. And we love it," Carrie told The Athletic in 2019.
Shawn had visited the region often for training while playing minor league baseball and the strong athletic programs in the area soon benefited their son, Brock. All of Shawn and Carrie's kids enjoyed year-round athletic training thanks to the relatively even climate of Phoenix, and their proximity to big sports and big schools helped Brock rise quickly in his career.
When they aren't in the bleachers, Shawn and Carrie run their own pool business, Fantastic Spa Outlet.
Shawn played minor league baseball
Shawn, a right-handed pitcher, was first drafted in the minor leagues in 1987 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on to have an eight-season career, starting 70 and saving 40 games during his stints at teams around the country, according to The Athletic.
During his career, he played on the minor league teams for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics and the then-California Angels. He played college baseball at Valencia Community College, Indian State River College and the University of Miami.
All three of their kids are athletes
All three Purdy kids followed in their dad's athletic footsteps. The couple’s oldest, daughter Whittney, played softball at Southeastern University while their two sons, middle-child Brock and youngest Chubba, play football. Chubba, whose given name is Preston, is the current quarterback for the University of Nebraska.
According to The Athletic, Brock's parents stressed the importance of sports but didn’t pressure any of their kids to be perfect. The couple just wanted their kids to commit and play hard. This led to the Purdy kids pushing each other. In the outlet's profile on Brock, the family recalled when Brock was often frustrated by Whittney’s strong arm out throwing him because “she could launch it."
He gets his energy from his mom
He might get his athletic abilities from his dad, but his energy comes from his mom. While speaking to The Athletic, Brock admitted that his mom gives him and their family an energy boost.
“My mom ... she’s always going to keep everyone on our toes. She brings the energy to the family, so I think I definitely get that kind of trait from her,” he said.
Sometimes, however, it gets to the point where Brock is the one teaching his mom a little patience. “Brock’s favorite words to me are ‘Mom, chill,’ ” Carrie said in a 2023 episode of the Sports Spectrum Podcast.
They helped Brock overcome a devastating injury
After his surprisingly strong start and success on the field, Brock’s rookie season season came to an end when he tore his right UCL in the 2023 NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team lost the game, and Brock had to have surgery to repair the damage.
But through the difficult process, his family — especially his dad — helped him keep his head down and recover. It helped that Shawn had gone through the same injury in his baseball days and could be there to give his son advice.
“Being able to ask him and go to him for advice with, ‘Hey man, what do I got to do?’ And the biggest thing he would say is, ‘You got to have patience. There’s a process to this. You can’t overnight, all of the sudden heal up,'" Brock told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Shawn called the people who helped him rehab his own injury to give Brock an understanding of what he needed to do to get better, while the couple helped Brock stay focused on the recovery.
"My mom and dad definitely gave me some great advice in the offseason," Brock said in an August 2023 episode of the team’s “Brick by Brick” video series. "Obviously just being in the moment, being present, not getting too caught up in what's going to happen in life, your career, coming off an injury, all [that] kind of stuff, but just being present with where you're at. Handle rehab right now, everything will fall into place.”
Brock wears No. 13 thanks to a sweet connection with his dad
Brock might be a 49er now, but he grew up a Miami Dolphins fan thanks to his dad Shawn, who has been a longtime fan. In fact, Shawn was watching the Dolphins then-quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino play when Brock was born on Dec. 27, 1999. The father and son duo often watched videos from Marino’s heyday to improve Brock's game, and the young football player later chose to wear No. 13, the same as Marino.
When Brock finally got to talk to Marino for the first time in a special interview set up by the NFL, the young player even cracked one of Shawn’s favorite jokes: “My dad always said I got to see you play the day I was born.”
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