James Richard Garoppolo (born November 2, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Illinois, he played college football at Eastern Illinois. As a senior in 2013, Garoppolo broke Tony Romo's school records for career passing touchdowns, career passing yards, and passing touchdowns in a season. That season, he also won the Walter Payton Award as the best offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Garoppolo with the 49ers in 2019
|No. 10 – San Francisco 49ers|
|Born:||November 2, 1991|
Arlington Heights, Illinois
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Rolling Meadows|
(Rolling Meadows, Illinois)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2020|
|Player stats at PFR|
Garoppolo was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He was the backup to Tom Brady in two Super Bowls. Garoppolo saw light duty behind Brady during his time in New England. In October 2017, Garoppolo was traded by the Patriots to the 49ers. He won his first five starts with his new team as quarterback, which, including his two victorious starts for New England, earned him a 7–0 record as a starter, a feat last accomplished by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. Garoppolo then signed a $137.5 million deal with the 49ers, at the time the largest contract in NFL history on an annual basis. His second season with San Francisco ended prematurely after he tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season. In his third season, Garoppolo came back to lead the 49ers to their first 8–0 start since 1990 and guarantee their first non-losing season since 2014. Garoppolo and the 49ers ultimately defeated Green Bay Packers in the NFC final to reach the Super Bowl, falling short to Kansas City Chiefs after leading by ten points in the fourth quarter.
Early life and family
Garoppolo was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is the third of four sons born to Denise (née Malec) and Tony Garoppolo, Sr., a retired electrician. His older brothers are Tony Garoppolo, Jr., an architect; and Mike Garoppolo, a teacher, and his younger brother is Billy Garoppolo. He is from a "tight-knit, big Italian family"; his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Rose Garoppolo, were both Italian immigrants, while his maternal grandparents, Theodore J. Malec and Harriet D. Seidel, were of Polish and German descent, respectively.
He attended Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, where he was a quarterback and linebacker for the Mustangs football team. He played in 19 games at quarterback during his junior and senior seasons, and passed for 3,136 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Garoppolo played football for the Eastern Illinois Panthers from 2010 to 2013. In his first year, he started eight games, passing for 1,639 yards and 14 touchdowns and earning All-Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer Team honors playing under head coach Bob Spoo. He went on to start every remaining game during his time at Eastern Illinois, passing for 2,644 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011, 3,823 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2012, and 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns in 2013, breaking the school record for career pass completions previously held by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
In 2013, Garoppolo, playing his senior season in head coach Dino Babers's uptempo no-huddle offense, won the Walter Payton Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He was also named the 2013–14 OVC Male Athlete of the Year and the 2013 College Football Performance FCS National Quarterback of the Year.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 1⁄4 in
|9 1⁄4 in
|4.97 s||4.26 s||7.04 s||30.5 in
|9 ft 2 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
New England Patriots
2014 season: Rookie year
Represented by Don Yee (who also serves as Tom Brady's agent), Garoppolo was considered one of the better quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots drafted him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the 62nd pick overall. He was the first player from the Football Championship Subdivision drafted in 2014, and the highest-drafted quarterback the Patriots had selected since Drew Bledsoe was picked first overall in 1993. Garoppolo and Patriots signed a four-year contract worth $3,483,898 ($1,103,744 guaranteed) with an $853,744 signing bonus.
In 2014, Garoppolo made his regular season debut in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' Week 4 41–14 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. He led the Patriots on a scoring drive, which led to his first career passing touchdown on a 13-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski on his first drive. He finished the game completing six of seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 147.9.
In his rookie season, Garoppolo played in six games. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown with a 101.2 passer rating and had 10 rushing attempts for 9 yards. While Garoppolo did not take any snaps in the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX victory, he was credited with helping to prepare the Patriots defense for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
In 2015, Garoppolo appeared in five games in relief roles. He completed one of four passes for six yards on the season for a 39.6 passer rating.
After starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended by the league for four games for Deflategate, head coach Bill Belichick named Garoppolo the starting quarterback for the first game of the 2016 season, and he was expected to stand in for Brady for all four games. Garoppolo completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in a 23–21 Week 1 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on NBC Sunday Night Football. He threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins before being sidelined with a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the 31–24 victory. He sprained his AC joint after a hit by Dolphins' linebacker Kiko Alonso that kept him out the next two games, giving the starting job to rookie Jacoby Brissett before Brady returned from his suspension in Week 5. In Super Bowl LI, Garoppolo was active for the Patriots' 34–28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons; he was the only active Patriot who did not play in the game.
During the offseason, Garoppolo was the subject of several trade rumors with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns being cited most commonly as potential suitors. Ultimately, no trade occurred and Garoppolo remained with the Patriots going into the season.
San Francisco 49ers
On October 31, 2017, the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He made his 49ers debut in Week 12 in the final minute of the 49ers' game against the Seattle Seahawks after starter C. J. Beathard suffered an injury; those were his first snaps of 2017, as he did not take the field with the Patriots in 2017. On his first play as a 49er, he rushed for six yards; on the final play of the game, he threw a 10-yard touchdown to Louis Murphy. He finished the 24–13 loss completing both pass attempts for 18 yards and a touchdown.
On November 28, 2017, Garoppolo was named the starter for the 49ers' Week 13 game against the Chicago Bears. Making his first start for the 49ers on December 3, 2017, Garoppolo finished with 293 passing yards and an interception as the 49ers won 15–14. He recorded 334 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 26–16 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 14. In the next game against the Tennessee Titans, he had a season-high 381 passing yards and a touchdown in a close 25–23 win. In Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had 242 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and his first career rushing touchdown in the 44–33 victory. In the regular season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, who were resting most defensive starters to prepare for the playoffs, he accumulated 292 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 34–13 blowout 49ers' win. His victories in Weeks 13–17 gave him a 7–0 record in his first seven starts (including his two starts for New England), making him the first quarterback to do so since Ben Roethlisberger accomplished the same feat in 2004. With Garoppolo under center, the 49ers scored on 62 percent of their offensive drives, 11 percent more than the second-place New England Patriots. For perspective, NFL teams scored on 35 percent of their drives in 2017, and the 49ers scored on just 29 percent of their 2017 drives without Garoppolo. Garoppolo finished the 2017 season with 1,560 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, five interceptions, 11 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.
Because Garoppolo was on the Patriots' roster for eight games before he was traded to the 49ers, an NFC team, he was eligible for payments from the league based on the Patriots' playoff performance; because the Patriots reached Super Bowl LII, he earned $107,000.
On February 8, 2018, the 49ers and Garoppolo agreed to terms on a 5-year contract worth a maximum of $137.5 million. At the time of its signing, it was the largest contract in NFL history on an annual basis, surpassing that of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. It also has nearly $90 million in guarantees in the first three years, also the largest total in NFL history.
During Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo finished with 251 passing yards for two touchdowns before leaving the game with a left knee injury. It was later revealed he tore his ACL, prematurely ending his season. With Garoppolo sidelined, the 49ers went on to finish with a 4–12 record.
Garoppolo returned from his injury in time for the 49ers' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the game, he threw for 166 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 31–17 win. In the next game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Garoppolo threw for 297 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception as the 49ers won 41–17. On Thursday Night Football in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals, Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns as the 49ers won 28–25. On Monday Night Football in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, Garoppolo threw for 248 yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the 49ers lost 27–24. The next week against the Arizona Cardinals, Garoppolo threw for 424 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions as the 49ers won 36–26. In Week 12, against the Green Bay Packers on NBC Sunday Night Football, he passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the 37–8 victory. In Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints, Garoppolo threw for 349 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the 48–46 win, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. In Week 17, against the Seattle Seahawks on NBC Sunday Night Football, he was 18-of-22 for 285 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the 26–21 victory, which clinched the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs for the 49ers. He finished the 2019 season with 3,978 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Garoppolo was the runner-up for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, finishing one vote behind Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings, Garoppolo threw for 131 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 27–10 win. Hampered by a knee injury, Garoppolo attempted only eight passes in the 37–20 NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers, the fewest in a postseason game since Bob Griese in Super Bowl VIII, completing six for 77 yards. In Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami, Florida, Garoppolo threw 31 passes, completing 20 for 219 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during the 31–20 loss. His team was up by ten points with seven minutes remaining in the game but the Chiefs later scored 21 points in five minutes to win the game.
In the 49ers' Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Garoppolo threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in the 20–24 loss. The next week against the New York Jets, Garoppolo threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game following the first half with an ankle sprain.
‡ Career totals accurate as of the end of Week 2 of the 2020 regular season.
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