49ers announce 2023 team captains, Brock Purdy a surprise addition

No, Nick Bosa isn't a 49ers captain in 2023. But Brock Purdy is.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) with tight end George Kittle (85)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) with tight end George Kittle (85) / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers made plenty of news on Wednesday, although Nick Bosa's extension probably overshadows the naming of team captains.

The San Francisco 49ers' biggest news of Wednesday, Sept. 6, wasn't the fact wide receiver and return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud was cleared from a wrist injury and is back to practicing, nor was it the announcing of team captains for the upcoming 2023 season.

No, the blockbuster news for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. was the announcement that star edge rusher Nick Bosa finally signed that massive contract extension, one worth $170 million over five years, which effectively ends his holdout and signals a return to the field for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

That'll generate all kinds of interest over the next few days and weeks, but it's not the only news tidbit breaking from Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday afternoon.

49ers announce team captains for 2023, Brock Purdy is one but Nick Bosa isn't

Just about the time that the Bosa news was breaking, the Niners announced six team captains for the upcoming 2023 season:

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No Bosa on the list of captains, but Purdy is on there. And it'll mark the second-year signal-caller's first time being named to this exclusive group.

It's not necessarily a bad thing, however, as quarterbacks need to exude leadership characteristics by defeault because of the nature of their position.

He is, though, the absolute youngest captain for San Francisco entering the upcoming season, as the remaining veterans are all well-established players, most of whom aside from Williams have played their entire careers with the 49ers.

Congratulations for Purdy, though. It's a well-deserved honor.

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