Tom Brady used to be a kind of a mentor to Jimmy Garoppolo, who was a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots before being traded to the 49ers.
It turns out that Garoppolo kept a close eye on Brady over the years, which is how he learned some of the tricks he uses today. With the Super Bowl only a few weeks away and Garoppolo getting ready for it, he said he might even give Brady a call to get some last-minute advice:
“I might. It’s not a bad idea. The more information that you can get about it and having been through it, it’s a little different as a starter than backup. So any information I can get would be great.”
He went on to explain:
“Everyone says you’ve gotta treat it like another game, but just the way that he actually did it. I was right up close and personal, picking up everything I could, seeing how he went about his business and everything. Obviously it worked out the two times that I was there with him, so try to transfer that over to my game. You can see it in how he is, his body mannerisms, everything. How he prepares for it makes him confident on Sunday. So I’m trying to do the same thing. Be ready to go and we’ll see what happens.”
Garoppolo also said that it’s been hard hearing some of the criticism against him:
“Very similar to Sherm (Richard Sherman), I do the same thing. I hear all the stuff and everything. But you can’t put that out there all the time. It’s just, you have to do with it what you will and take it for what it is. At the end of the day you’ve gotta go out there and play football.”
We can’t wait to see the outcome of the Super Bowl.