Coach Prime says he's looking for a Brock Purdy to come to Colorado football

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After Shedeur Sanders leaves Boulder, Coach Prime shared his desire to have a quarterback like the San Francisco 49ers' Brock Purdy to come to his Colorado football program -- though immediately after saying so on ESPN's First Take on February 8, he realized he was violating the NCAA's recruiting dead period rules.

"Everybody in America has a title, whether you agree with it or not," Sanders said (h/t CBS Sports). "They give us a title. This kid is the best story probably that's been [in the Super Bowl] in over two decades, coming from the last player taken [in the NFL draft] to the Super Bowl, and lead his team to the Super Bowl because of his play. I love this kid, man. Shoot, I'm looking for a Brock Purdy [to come play at Colorado].

"I'm sorry, I can't recruit [at this moment]. I'm sorry, this is a dead period."

Colorado football could use QB like Brock Purdy on and off the field

Purdy is not just cool-handed on the field, but he's an ace when it comes to media relations. Despite being attacked incessantly by former Heisman winner and NFL MVP Cam Newton for being a game-manager, Purdy spun it around into a positive.

"I feel like it can be a compliment at times where it's like alright, you've got a guy that can come in and run the system well," Purdy said (h/t Bleacher Report). "I feel like that's a compliment. ... There's 32 teams in the NFL and there's not a lot of people that can come in and play the quarterback position well in the NFL. It's a hard job. So, if you're saying that I'm a game manager and I don't look flashy in how I do it, that's your opinion and that's OK and at the end of the day I want to do what it takes to help my team win. I think winning, at the end of the day, in the NFL is probably the biggest and most important thing."

We know that Bryce Underwood won't be Shedeur's QB1 replacement in 2025, nor will Antwann Hill Jr. But whoever is may just have a similar prospect profile to Purdy, who's competing in his first Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.