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Since taking over as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers last year after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, Brock Purdy has emerged as a star for the Niners, leading them to the Super Bowl this season. And he wants everyone to know that he earned this role.

During a press conference leading up to the Super Bowl LVIII matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, Brock Purdy opened up about the success he’s had with the Niners, making it clear that the starting quarterback role wasn’t just given to him, he had to earn it.

“The keys weren’t just given to me or anything, it had to be earned,” Purdy said according to Pro Football Talk. “Coming in Day One, just trying to learn Kyle’s system, his playbook, and earn the respect of my teammates. over time I’ve been able to step into that role and be ready for my opportunity. At the same time, I have a lot of help around me, and it’s allowed me to develop, and I’m going to continue to develop with the help and the cast I have around me.”

Purdy now has a chance to further solidify himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the entire league by leading the team to a Super Bowl title on Sunday.

[Pro Football Talk]