Brett Fare called Nick Mullens after his impressive debut.
Greatness recognizes greatness.
After a staggering debut by the San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens in the 49ers' win over the Oakland Raiders, one of the greatest signal callers to ever played the game, Brett Favre, had to call Mullens to congratulate him for such an impressive and unexpected performance.
"What a great start," Favre said. "I couldn't be more proud for ya. I'm not surprised at your success, and I wish you the best. You know that."
The 23-year-old player made his NFL debut on Thursday Night Football, stacking up 262 yards and three touchdowns on 16 of 22 passing. Not to mention giving the 49ers its first win after six straight weeks.
"I’ll be completely 100 percent honest and I sent Nick a message prior to the game earlier today," Favre added. "I’m not surprised in how he played one bit. He did that at Southern Miss. He handled himself with tremendous class. He’s a very bright football mind. All he needed honestly was an opportunity, and he got it and he made the most of it, so I’m not surprised one bit."
The Green Bay Packers legend has followed Mullen’s career already for a long time since they both went to the University of Southern Mississippi and share the same agent. Moreover, the new San Francisco quarterback broke almost every Favre’s college record. The Gunslinger threw 52 touchdowns and 7,695 yards while in College, whereas Mullens scored 87 TD and threw for 11,194 yards.
Mullens replaced an injured C.J. Beathard who was promoted after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3. However, Mullens almost didn’t get the opportunity to display his talent in the NFL. The Southern Miss product was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but remained inactive for the whole season, and when Garoppolo got injured, the team brought in seven quarterbacks for tryouts, although they decided not to sign any of them.
Now the question it’s if Mullens earned a chance to prove that he has what it takes to become the second quarterback of the franchise and start the next game against the New York Giants after week bye. Head coach Kyle Shanahan, however, is not ready to give an immediate answer regarding this topic.
"Yeah, definitely we’ll consider it," Shanahan said. "Definitely not thinking about that right now, but our whole team played very well. Nick definitely did. I thought our guys up front played well. I thought the entire offense did. I thought the defense played their tail off. I thought the pass rush was there. I thought we tackled well. I thought our punter and kicker did well. It was a very good all-around win."