New England Patriots

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates the victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

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.”

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. 

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth