By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Next Sunday will be Jimmy Garppolo’s third Super Bowl appearance, although it will be quite unlike the previous two.
In his first season as a full-time starter, Jimmy G has quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to a 13-3 record and an NFC Championship. Now at the helm of the operation, Garoppolo will approach the lead-up to the game as he would any other, a trick that he picked up while in New England.
When asked by ESPN’s Ed Werder how his previous experience in the game as a backup can help him prepare to be a starter, Garoppolo said “[Tom Brady] treats it like every other game...I’m going to do the same thing and see what happens.”
Jimmy Garappolo was Tom Brady's backup for two Super Bowls. Here's what he learned from it: "He treats it like every other game. You can see it his body mannerisms and how he prepares for it makes him confident on Sundays, so I'm going to do the same thing and see what happens.
Now out of his shadow, will Garoppolo continue to consult Brady for advice? The two have stayed in touch since the Patriots traded Garoppolo away in 2017. Brady told reporters earlier this year there is a group chat between him, Garoppolo, and Jacoby Brissett, who were all on the roster together in the 2016 season. The self-proclaimed “Wolfpack” made up the quarterback room for the Patriots run to Super Bowl LI.
You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when the Patriots brought Jimmy in, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack - it grew by one, so where there two - there were two of us in the wolf pack. I was alone first in the pack and then Jimmy joined in later. And nine months ago, when the Patriots introduced me to Jacoby, I thought 'Wait a second, could it be?' And I knew for sure- I just added another guy to my wolf pack. So today, I make a toast! Blood brothers!
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