Jimmy Garoppolo sits down with Steve Young to discuss his career thus far and how his experience has propelled the 49ers to an 8-0 start.
Jimmy Garoppolo was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, attended Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, and played quarterback and linebacker for the Rolling Meadows Mustangs football team.
New England drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft. After spending 3 1/2 seasons behind Tom Brady, he joined the 49ers in a trade in October 2017.
New England drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Garoppolo’s first major action in the NFL was serving as backup quarterback behind Tom Brady in the Deflate Punishment season after Brady was suspended the first four games of the season. That was Garoppolo’s second season in the NFL as a quarterback for the New England Patriots. In his first season in 2016 he saw a little action as a relief quarterback. In the Deflategate 2016 season he was chosen as starting quarterback, and led New England to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Garoppolo wasn’t able finish his 4-game assignment as starter because a bad hit by Miami Dolphins’ linebacker Kiko Alonso sidelined Garoppolo with a sprained AC joint. The shoulder injury kept him off the field until Brady was able to return from his suspension.
After spending 3 1/2 seasons behind Tom Brady, Garoppolo was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017.
Garoppolo won his first five starts with San Francisco, adjusting their won-lost record from 1-10 to 6-10. Garoppolo re-signed with the 49ers for five years and $137.5 million, which was the highest contract in NFL history to date.
In the 2018 season, Garoppolo was limited to three games because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
[UPDATED] In 2019-2020, Garoppolo led San Francisco to 14 victories. His record as an NFL starter was 22-5 as of January 12, 2020 — the date of his first post-season victory when the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-10.
Steve Young was quarterback for 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987-1999 after playing one season each with the USFL Los Angeles Express and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Young was MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, leading the the San Francisco 49ers to a victory over the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
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