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NFL: Jimmy Garoppolo stands alone on top as decorated signal-caller

The odds of Jimmy Garoppolo becoming the 49ers’ player of the moment next season are about as high as Johnny Manziel’s being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Although he was a lame-duck all the year, with Brady and Ben Roethlisberger retiring, it leaves Garoppolo as the only signal-caller with multiple rings.

Although many criticized Garoppolo for his play, he does have legitimate NFL starting experience. He has 47 career starts, with six more in the postseason. Garoppolo also has championship experience, winning two titles as the backup to Tom Brady on the New England Patriots.

As of today’s NFL, he is the only active quarterback with multiple Super Bowl rings.

Aaron Rodgers is one of the best QB in NFL and still has one Super Bowl title with him. Patrick Mahomes is another superstar with one, but he is only just getting started in his career. Brady, who is undeniably the GOAT with his seven and Roethlisberger is headed to the Hall of Fame as well with two.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo was not the starter when he won his titles. But the experience behind arguably the best quarterback in NFL history is invaluable.

Garoppolo in 49ers

Currently living his role as San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Garoppolo might be playing for the WFT and the Pittsburgh Steelers during the next season with a draw +400 odds on. The former Eastern Illinois standout led San Francisco to victories in his first five games after the team had a catastrophic 1-10 start to 2017. That earned him a blockbuster $137.5million five-year contract in early 2018.

However, the pitfall of Garoppolo’s future with the Niners appeared to start in early 2021 when the team traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft to take North Dakota State prodigy, Trey Lance, at #3 overall.

On Sunday, doubts resurfaced over his ability to truly improve his game when he drove 30 yards for two touchdowns and one interception to go 3 of 9 in the fourth quarter. The 30-year-old signal-caller, Garoppolo, saw his 2021 season end in playoff disappointment as the 49ers blew a 17-7 fourth-quarter lead to lose 20-17 to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.

The last time the franchise recorded a playoff win was 2005. However, Garoppolo still has one year remaining on his current contract in San Francisco. Trading him would save the Niners around $25million on the 2022 salary cap. “I just want to go to a place where they want to win. #49ers,” the QB wrote in a Twitter post. If he does well, perhaps he could another Super Bowl ring to his trophy before retirement.

“I was talking to John (Lynch, 49ers GM) yesterday about finding the right destination and whatever the future holds, just doing it the right way,” said Garoppolo when pressed on the issue this week during a Zoom media call.

“I’ve got a long career ahead of me. I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the opportunities to come. I just want to go to a place where they want to win,” he added.

Garoppolo, who won two titles as Tom Brady’s backup, ended the call with a message to his fans: “It’s been a hell of a ride. I love you guys. See ya.”

Jimmy Garoppolo

James Richard Garoppolo , nicknamed Jimmy G, is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League . He played college football at Eastern Illinois, (wikipedia)

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. (wikipedia)