Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played football at Eastern Illinois, setting Panthers’ records for touchdowns and career passing yards. In the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots chose the Walter Payton Award winner. Backing up Tom Brady for four years, Garoppolo earned two championship rings.
After a 2017 trade to San Francisco, the quarterback signed a five-year contract worth $137.5 million. With Garoppolo’s leadership, the 49ers advanced to an appearance in Super Bowl LIV. Though injuries have hindered San Francisco’s recent efforts — Garoppolo experienced a high ankle sprain — his NFL career proves to be substantial.
- Former teams: New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers
- Position: Quarterback
- Height: 6’2″
- Accomplishments: Two-time Super Bowl champion
- Drafted: No. 62 overall pick (second round) in 2014 by the New England Patriots
- Nickname: Jimmy GQ, Prince Aladdin, and Great Garoppolo