- The 23-year-old told the Dolphins legend that his father is a diehard Miami fan
- Purdy also revealed that he wears No. 13 on his jersey because of Marino
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy prepared for Thursday’s game against the Giants with a video call from NFL legend Dan Marino.
Purdy revealed his father was ‘diehard’ Dolphins fan and that Marino is the reason he now wears No. 13 on his jersey.
However, the 23-year-old, never met Marino, so before Thursday night’s game, Prime Video, got to arrange the pair to chat over video.
‘My dad grew up in Florida, born and raised so he was a diehard Dolphins fan. He loved Dan Marino, how he played, his willingness to win and everything. He was the man,’ Purdy said before the call. ‘That’s why I wear No. 13.’
Before long, Marino appeared on screen and told the 23-year-old: ‘Congratulations on a good start.’
Brock Purdy prepared for the 49ers’ game against the Giants with a video call from Dan Marino
‘It’s an honor, my dad he loved you growing up, I wear No 13 because of you,’ Purdy said
‘Yes sir, I appreciate it,’ Purdy replied. ‘It’s an honor, my dad, he loved you growing up, I wear No. 13 because of you.’
Marino, who spent 17 seasons with the Dolphins and was MVP in 1984, joked: ‘Tell your dad he’s a smart guy.’
The pair shared a laugh before Purdy revealed: ‘I think actually the day I was born, you guys were playing the Jets – December 27 1999. My dad always said: “I got to see you play the day I was born.”‘
Further along in the interview, last year’s Mr. Irrelevant reflects on what he can learn from watching Marino growing up and what the Pro Football Hall of Famer means to him as a competitor.
Purdy is 2-0 in with the 49ers after guiding the team to the AFC Championship last season
Marino only played for the Miami Dolphins throughout his 16-year NFL career, winning an MVP
‘Dan Marino’s just a winner,’ said Purdy. ‘He does whatever it takes to win. He elevates his teammates’ game around him. When I go back and watch his highlights and things that he did, I try to put that on how I play the game.’
It’s been a rise from the bottom to the top for Purdy since he was drafted last year. He claimed the 49ers’ starting job after Jimmy Garoppolo broke his leg in December and led San Francisco all the way to the NFC Championship game, where the team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But, now that he’s met his idol, this year might just end up being an improvement over the last one for Purdy and the 49ers going forward. Only time will tell.
San Fran’ defeated the Steelers in their opening game before edging out the LA Rams – their instate rivals.