Jimmy Garoppolo has gone from the top backup quarterback in the NFL with the New England Patriots to a budding star in the league with the San Francisco 49ers. Now, he thinks he was better than Tom Brady was in their time together in New England... is he crazy, or is he right?
Although it may have just been a quiet confidence at the time, Garoppolo has been quite vocal in the past week regarding his time with the New England Patriots and the quarterback competition with arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady.
"There would be days where one of us would win and you wouldn't talk to the other for a little while," Garoppolo said in an interview with Joon Lee of Bleacher Report.
"The competitiveness between the two of us was very similar," Garoppolo continued. "If I'm playing my best friend in one-on-one basketball, if we are both into it, by the end, we are going to hate each other. That's how it is. All the good competitors have that. We got along, but there were always times where we wanted to kill each other. It was a healthy, competitive relationship."
“Even when I was a little kid, my brothers, whenever we would play, I would literally always think I was going to win. I wouldn’t, but I would always think that. It’s like when I go to New England, when I first got there, I thought in my head, ‘I’m better than this dude.'”
Garoppolo is entering his first full season as a starter in the NFL, and he still has yet to lose a start in his career, as he carries a 5-0 record. It is not very likely that he will finish his career with better accolades than Brady, but 49ers fans should be quite excited with the confidence that their franchise quarterback exudes.