Bryant McKinnie says it’ll be time to start putting some serious respect on Brock Purdy‘s name if the QB scores a victory on Sunday … telling TMZ Sports he’ll consider the signal-caller “elite” if he’s able to beat Patrick Mahomes at Super Bowl LVIII.
McKinnie — who won an SB of his own back in the 2012 season — said he’s been impressed with what Purdy’s done so far in his first two years in the league … and if he’s able to showcase it one more time in Las Vegas, the former Ravens O-lineman says BP’s detractors better get their flowers ready.
“At a certain point,” the ex-left tackle said, “you have to start giving him respect and credit for what he’s been doing.”
“Winning a Super Bowl is definitely going to put him at a different level because a lot of quarterbacks haven’t won one.”
McKinnie said fans will simply have no choice but to slot Purdy in their top-10 rankings if he outduels Mahomes at Allegiant Stadium.
As for if the Chiefs star gets the dub over Purdy — McKinnie said that’ll put Mahomes in some seriously rare air … telling us the 28-year-old will be “in conversations” for a spot on the NFL’s Mt. Rushmore if he gets it all done.
There’s more … McKinnie also spoke with us about his former Baltimore team, and it’s not hard to see he’s a bit disappointed with how the Ravens bowed out of the playoffs.
He told us he wished Lamar Jackson had used his legs more in the AFC Championship game against K.C. … saying straight up, “if he stayed true to his game, it would have been a different outcome.”
McKinnie, meanwhile, has been staying busy in retirement … linking up with LetzChat — a company that can translate words to different languages in real-time — and he tells us he’s stoked about its potential going forward.