49ers news: LeBron James is Brock Purdy’s latest fan

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Brock Purdy turned plenty of heads during the 49ers’ Wild Card win over the Seahawks, and he might have a new fan in NBA star LeBron James.

San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy already caught national attention when he helped defeat one GOAT-like player, Tom Brady, back when the Niners decisively upended the Tampa Bay Buccaneers way back in Week 14.

Since then, the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and his squad have gone undefeated, riding a wave of momentum in which “Mr. Irrelevant” has become very much relevant.

All to the point of Purdy being in the running for this season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, which would have been a delusional pipe dream at any point earlier this year.

Understandably, as Purdy has become more and more of a household name, the rookie is garnering plenty of attention. Especially after he put forth yet another impressive effort in his NFL playoff debut, helping San Francisco defeat the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 in the Wild Card round.

And another household name took notice.

LeBron James shouts out Brock Purdy after 49ers beat Seahawks

Despite a slowish start against the Hawks, Purdy and the 49ers dominated the second half. The quarterback’s line was impressive enough, 18-of-30 passing for 332 yards, three passing touchdowns against zero interceptions, a rushing touchdown and a passer rating of 131.5.

Purdy subsequently became the first quarterback in NFL history to account for four touchdowns in a playoff game, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, but that’s not going to be as cool as another reaction.

Nope, instead, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James gave Purdy some love on Twitter on Saturday afternoon when the Niners were finishing up their victory over Seattle:

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Purdy beat one GOAT and receive recognition from another GOAT in the same season.

When he was told about James’ reaction on Twitter, Purdy had a pretty enthusiastic response and said, “LeBron said that? Oh, that’s sweet. Yeah. No, that’s awesome. That’s so cool.”

Definitely. It’s pretty cool that LeBron is now the latest superstar (and fan) to hop aboard the Brock Purdy hype train.

Meanwhile, Purdy and the 49ers look to continue their push deeper into the NFL playoffs.

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