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49ers’ Trent Williams on Brock Purdy: “He’s become our leader”

Sep 11, 2023 at 2:18 PM--

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The issue of dealing with a potentially hostile crowd at Acrisure Stadium kind of took care of itself on Sunday. Much to the shock of the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, there was a lot of red in the seats. Although, taking the home crowd out of the game early was not one of the San Francisco 49ers' priorities.

"We ain't worried about the crowd," tackle Trent Williams said after the game. "The game plan was to start fast, play fast and physical, our type of brand of football. That's what we focused on."

San Francisco jumped to a 20-0 lead, finishing with a 30-7 victory in what many figured would be a much tighter battle.

It was quarterback Brock Purdy's first full game since suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow in last season's NFC Championship Game. It was also Purdy's first game as a team captain. He finished 19-of-29 for 220 yards with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 111.3.

"You see it. We voted the team captain," Williams said of his second-year quarterback. "Obviously, you see how he played today. Can't tell he was hurt. So we're proud of Brock, man. He's took everything in stride and he's become our leader, become a quarterback that we can lean on."

With two touchdown passes and the win, Purdy became the first quarterback in NFL history to win each of his first six career regular-season starts while throwing at least two touchdown passes. He also became the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of his first six career regular-season starts.

Sunday's performance was impressive, considering what the quarterback went through this offseason, fighting his way back onto the field.

"I think he attacked his rehab, as everybody can see," Williams said. "I can't tell the difference between him prior to surgery and post-surgery. So, I think he did everything he was asked to do in the offseason, and the team noticed it, which is why he got a 'C' on his chest.

"And I'm just so proud of him, man, just to watch his journey coming in last year to right now, man. He's a dream to work with."

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