Tom Brady’s former Patriots backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, just signed a record breaking five-year-contract with the San Francisco 49ers for an eye watering $137.5 million.
Garoppolo, 26, was acquired from the New England Patriots in October for a second-round pick. His new deal is guaranteed for $74 million, according to Matt Maiocco of the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate, and will make Garoppolo the highest-paid player in the NFL next season.
He took over the starting job three weeks after being dealt and went on to complete 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in five starts – all victories. In fact, Garoppolo is undefeated as a starter, having previously won two games in place of Brady during his ‘Deflategate’ suspension in 2016.
Garoppolo’s been touted as having Hollywood good looks, and a blue collar upbringing, but his high school coach told the Mercury News his real secret.
‘He comes from a great family,’ said Doug Millsaps, Garoppolo’s coach at Rolling Meadows High School.
‘That’s what separates him from the wannabes and the average leaders. He’s had a stable and humbling family life.’
Garoppolo had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month, but 49ers general manager John Lynch was not going to let him get away.
His former teammate, Julian Edelman took to Twitter to congratulate him on the deal, but first he just had to make a crack about Garoppolo’s fat paycheck.
‘Yo bubs, about the 20 dollars you owe me…. I mean …. congrats jimbo slice’ the Patriots wide receiver tweeted.
After his arrival in San Francisco, Brady’s former backup turned the downtrodden team around into a winning streak behemoth.
The 49ers went 5-0 in Garoppolo’s starts.
So far, the former second-round pick has never lost an NFL start.
The Illinois native has said he comes from a large tight-knit Italian family, and has three brothers.
‘I had to put my phone away the past couple days,’ Garoppolo said just before his first starting game with the 49ers- against the Chicago Bears- with family and friends more than excited to attend. ‘I’m trying to focus.’
His family is still deeply rooted in Illinois, his father Tony, an electrician, and his mom, Denise, is a cook.
In 2014 when he was drafted by the NFL, he took his entire family on their first trip to New York for the ceremony.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Jessica Finn