Jimmy Garoppolo might soon be following the Aaron Rodgers career path. Though whether he’ll still be in San Francisco beyond this season remains a popular question, he won’t be asking ARod about Jeopardy!. The current 49er quarterback is more interested in Rodgers’ advice on his playing career.
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Garoppolo, who’s off to a hot start for San Francisco — 503 yards, 2 touchdowns, no picks and a 70.9 completion percentage — is unsure if he’ll ask out of the Bay area following this season. “I don’t know,” Garoppolo told Rich Eisen, on The Rich Eisen Show. “To be completely honest, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. It’s one of those things that I’m still tied up with the season and everything that we’ve got going on.”
When asked whether he’ll follow the path of Rodgers, who’s asked out of Green Bay, Garoppolo sidestepped the question, opting instead, to praise the Packers quarterback: “If I repeat what Aaron did last year, I would love to do that. That guy… I mean, MVP speaks for itself. The dude had a hell of a year, though. If I could replicate anything similar to that, I’d be thrilled with it.”
Rodgers and Garoppolo share more than just a position. Both starters witnessed their teams select their eventual replacements in the two most recent NFL drafts: Green Bay selected Jordan Love in 2020 and San Francisco nabbed Trey Lance with the third overall pick in 2021. Neither quarterback was elated to see their successors selected. Their shared experience could lead to Garoppolo and Rodgers talking shop in the not-too-distant future.
“Yeah, there’s a good possibility,” Garoppolo told Eisen of connecting with Rodgers. “I know Aaron pretty well. We’ve talked a couple of times on the field, off the field. Whatever little piece of advice he could give to me. . . . Obviously, it’s worked out pretty well for him. The guy’s been ballin’. He had four TDs [Monday] night.
“This league’s a crazy thing. We’ve all got our own story and just got to make the best of your situation.”
The quarterbacks won’t have to wait long to gab. Green Bay has a date with San Francisco Sunday evening.