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Matt Campbell Recalls Funny Brock Purdy Story from Fall Camp

NCAA Football: Kansas at Iowa State

Before Brock Purdy was leading the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl 58, he was one of the most beloved figures in Iowa State history.

Brock Purdy’s success on the field started long before his second-straight trip to the NFC Championship game, it started alongside head coach Matt Campbell who told a funny story about Purdy during his first year with the program.


“Fall camp, Brock’s freshman year. It’s our second big scrimmage of fall camp, and he’s leading the three offensive against the one defense and he leads them right down the field and scores a touchdown,” Campbell said. “I watched him run a shovel pass and fake out JaQuan Bailey, the senior big-time defensive end, and run for a touchdown. I turned around and I said ‘Uh-oh, this guy’s gonna make a lot of people nervous,’ Four weeks later he took over Iowa State football for a long time.”

Campbell isn’t the only one to reflect on the pair’s time at Iowa State, as Purdy himself reflected on his time in Ames with NBC Sports’ Peter King and explained just how much his time with the program meant.

“[Playing at Iowa State] taught me how to be real about myself,” Purdy told King. “I learned so much just with winning and being successful and then also losing some big games. I learned how to overcome some things, believe in myself, but also not be too high when things are great, or just because you’ve lost a couple of games doesn’t mean you’re horrible.”

Mr. Irrelevant went on to prove that he’s anything but irrelevant after graduating from Iowa State and will now have a chance at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 58 on Sunday, February 11th against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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