San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy shares heartwarming FaceTime with NFL legend Dan Marino before Giants game: ‘It’s an honor’
- 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
- DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news
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 that his father was a “diehard” Dolphins fan and that Marino is the reason he now wears No. 13 on his jersey.
However, the 23-year-old has never met Marino, that is, before Thursday night’s match Prime Videoshould ensure that the couple can chat via video.
“My dad grew up in Florida, born and raised, so he was a diehard Dolphins fan. He liked Dan Marino, how he played, his willingness to win and all that. He was the man,” Purdy said before the call. “That’s why I wear No. 13.”
It wasn’t long before 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 number 13 because of you,” Purdy said
“Yes sir, I appreciate it,” Purdy replied. “It’s an honor, my father. He loved you growing up. Thanks to you, I wear No. 13.”
Marino, who played 17 seasons with the Dolphins and was MVP in 1984, joked, “Tell your dad he’s a smart kid.”
The pair laughed before Purdy revealed: “I think you played the Jets the day I was born – December 27, 1999. My dad always said, ‘I got to see you play the day I was born.’
Later in the interview, last year’s Mr. Irrelevant reflects on what he can learn from watching Marino grow up and what the Pro Football Hall of Famer means to him as a competitor.
Purdy is 2-0 with the 49ers after leading the team to the AFC Championship last season
Marino only played for the Miami Dolphins during his 16-year NFL career and won an MVP
“Dan Marino is just a winner,” Purdy said. ‘He does everything he can to win. He takes the play of his teammates around him to the next level. When I look back at his highlights and the things he did, I try to apply that to the way I play the game.”
It has been a rise from the bottom up 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 be an improvement over the last for Purdy and the 49ers in the future. Time will tell.
San Fran’ defeated the Steelers in their opening game before defeating the LA Rams, their domestic rivals.