For four years, Jimmy Garoppolo backed up Tom Brady in New England. He got two Super Bowl rings as his understudy, but, eventually, it came time for him to leave. The Patriots traded him to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, and a few years later, he’s now in the Super Bowl as a starter, not a backup.
The 49ers star learned a lot as Brady’s backup. Perhaps what he learned most was accountability.
“We were a tight crew,” Garoppolo told reporters, via NESN.com. “That quarterback room was a lot of fun to be in. We all kept each other on our toes, bust each other up a little bit. It was all in good spirit. We’d keep each other honest and I love those guys.”
Of course, Garoppolo also learned how to play quarterback at the next level from the greatest to ever do it. Though there were reports of turmoil in the locker room, those stand as just reports. Brady and Garoppolo had a good relationship in New England. The 49ers quarterback learne a lot.
“He was awesome,” Garoppolo said. “Everything he did, I never tried to be too much of a pest and ask too many questions. But just watching him from afar, how he went about his business, how he handled off the field things on the field, whatever it was, he always did it the right way. He gave me a good example when I was young.”
Brady will watch Garoppolo, and the 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.