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Brock Purdy family: 49ers quarterback joins father Shawn, siblings as high-level athletes

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Brock Purdy has become the center of the NFL world.

When 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot in Week 13, Purdy was thrust under center and given the reins to a Super Bowl contender in the midst of a playoff hunt. He shined against the Dolphins, going 25-for-37 with 210 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception.

In his first NFL start, he again stood out, out-dueling Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a 35-7 win by completing 16 of 21 pass attempts for 185 yards with two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and no turnovers. 

Mr. Irrelevant will once again take center stage when he leads the 49ers in a pivotal NFC West matchup against the Seahawks on “Thursday Night Football.” But Purdy is far from the only athlete in the family. His dad, brother and sister are all standout athletes across several different sports.

MORE: How did Brock Purdy play vs. Buccaneers?

Here’s what you need to know about the Purdy family of athletes.

Brock Purdy family

Brock Purdy’s dad Shawn

Shawn Purdy went viral for his reactions to his son’s first NFL start on Sunday. 

Shawn Purdy has had his time in the spotlight, but it wasn’t in football. Per his Baseball Reference page, he pitched for three different colleges, starting with the Valencia Community College, then Indian River State College and lastly the University of Miami. He was drafted four times, and at once at each stop. First, in the 46th round by the Pirates in 1987 from Valencia. Second, in the 44th round from Indian River by the Royals in 1989. Third, by the Athletics in the 26th round from Miami in 1990. Last by the Angels in the 16th round of the 1991 draft from Miami.

The last time Shawn Purdy was drafted stuck. He made the move to professional baseball with the Angels, starting in 1991 with the Boise Hawks in Low Class-A. The right-handed hurler began as a starter, but was eventually shifted to the bullpen when he hit some struggles around the Double-A level.

Shawn Purdy was more successful as a reliever, pitching to a 3.75 ERA in 1995 at the Double-A level in the Giants’ organization, and eventually reached Triple-A Phoenix in 1997. He spent one last year in the minors, pitching for the Braves’ Triple-A Richmond affiliate and had a 1.83 ERA in 34.1 innings in 1998 as a 29-year-old. But his baseball career came to an end at that level, and he never reached the majors.

When he was in professional baseball, Shawn Purdy garnered plenty of praise. Former big leaguer Rich Aurilia, a teammate of Purdy with Double-A Shreveport in 1995, praised the team’s former closer in a recent interview with KNBR.

“I heard Matty saying on the air this morning, ‘When I met [Brock Purdy], he had this really, really confidence about himself. Almost on the edge of cockiness.’ I’m like, I know where he gets that from. His dad was one of the cockiest guys I ever played with, in a good way,'” Aurilia said. “He was a closer. Wasn’t a big dude. Didn’t throw hard. But he had the confidence and the cockiness of a guy who threw about 100 mph. We know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there.”

Brock Purdy’s brother Chubba

Brock Purdy isn’t the only quarterback in the family. His younger brother is following in his footsteps.

Chubba Purdy was a highly sought-after recruit in high school. He was the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite Ratings, and he was the No. 192 overall player in the class.

After receiving offers from plenty of major schools, Chubba Purdy decided to enroll at Florida State. However, he saw limited playing time with the Seminoles. He appeared in four games and started one, ending his Florida State career with 32 completions in 58 attempts with 317 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

Chubba Purdy made the decision to transfer to Nebraska after the 2021 season, and saw more action with the Cornhuskers this season than he did in his two years in Tallahassee. The redshirt freshman quarterback completed 22 of 48 passes for 147 yards with three picks and no touchdowns, while rushing 24 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns in 2022. He appeared in six games for Nebraska before suffering a season-ending injury against Michigan on Nov. 12.

Brock Purdy’s sister Whittney

Brock and Chubba Purdy both took the football route. Their sister, Whittney Purdy, followed their dad’s path a bit more.

Whittney Purdy was a softball player, who played for both the Spartanburg Methodist College and then Southeastern University. 

She began with the Pioneers, where she slashed .276/.336/.382 with two home runs and five stolen bases in the 2017 season at Spartanburg Methodist. The next year, she improved her stats across the board, slashing .336/.403/.486 with a pair of homers and four stolen bases in 43 games in 2018.

Whittney Purdy concluded her career with Southeastern University, and started 46 games in 47 appearances in 2019, slashing .223/.277/.238 with a pair of doubles and 10 RBI. Though she saw more limited playing time in 2020, she improved her slash line with a .295/.389/.318 line with four RBI and a double in 18 games (16 starts).


Credit: sportingnews.com

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