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Coming Out of High School, This Sharks Employee Was Considered a Better Quarterback Than Brock Purdy

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A San Jose Sharks employee was once considered a better quarterback prospect than Brock Purdy.

Coming out of high school in 2018, Gunnar Holmberg, who now works in group ticket sales for the Sharks, was considered the 28th-best pocket passer in that class by ESPN.

Purdy, who has led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl LVIII, was 39th. That, of course, is par for course for the constantly underrated Purdy, who was the last pick, Mr. Irrelevant, the 262nd pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Holmberg, who threw for eight touchdowns and over 2,500 yards in his NCAA career with Duke and Florida International, was one of many quarterbacks ranked ahead of Purdy in high school that spoke with David K. Li of NBC News recently. Holmberg had a year of college eligibility left this fall but decided to get a job instead.

“I’m not watching guys on Sundays and, ‘Oh, I need to be out there.’ I’m pretty OK with where I am now,” the Duke grad said.

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Bring Back Celebrini!

Honest but brutal take down of Grier by Seravalli (yes, he may rub people the wrong way, but he seems to be right more often than not). I see both sides here: Grier walked into a terrible situation, no real assets to trade for draft capital, but on the flip side, I do see Seravalli’s point – e.g. signing Blackwood, picking up Duclair…assets that delay the rebuild (unless he trades them). It’ll be interesting to see what GMMG is able to do at the deadline with his 10(!!!) pending UFAs + 11 RFAs (including Thurn and Bords), along with 8… Read more »

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