It's impossible to fathom that Brock Purdy, the favorite for the NFL MVP award, is only sixth in Pro Bowl voting among quarterbacks.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has been one of the most exciting things to happen to the franchise in its history. The plucky Mr. Irrelevant back in 2022 came from nowhere to turn into a franchise quarterback after initially getting onto the team as a third-stringer.
Despite some predicting that the proverbial carriage would turn back into a pumpkin, Purdy backed up his Cinderella rookie season into a sophomore campaign for the ages. Purdy hasn't hit his prime, but has helped lead the Niners to a 9-3 record and is the current favorite for the MVP award in only his second season.
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So... why is he only sixth among quarterbacks in Pro Bowl voting?
OK, OK. This isn't the end of the world. Purdy is still third among NFC quarterbacks behind Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, and a MVP award and a Super Bowl are much nicer in the trophy cabinet than a Pro Bowl nod.
But...really? Sixth? With fan voting?
Fan voting is a fickle thing, and must be taken with a grain of salt as it's hardly proper player evaluation. But the fact that Purdy, one of the great modern success stories in the league, hasn't captured more of the vote in an MVP campaign is staggering.
Without putting too much of a point on it, some people are just unable to bring themselves to admit that Purdy is good. A Pro Bowl does not an excellent player make, but it's still a token of recognition that you acknowledge who you vote for is good.
An acknowledgment that some are still too stubborn to give to the young quarterback.
Niners fans won't care, though, as Purdy's MVP campaign continues this week with a chance to grab the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win over the archrival Seattle Seahawks coupled with an Eagles loss at the Cowboys.
And if the 49ers make the Super Bowl, Purdy won't be able to think about the Pro Bowl anyway.