Jimmy G’s Hilarious Reminiscence Of The First Time The 49ers QB Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Bayarea
SANTA CLARA — Understandably, many things went through Jimmy Garoppolo’s mind when he came into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks for an injured Trey Lance.
And while he didn’t see a single training camp representative join the team this summer, the veteran quarterback took command of the attack and immediately impressed in the win.
So now that things have calmed down (a bit), does Garoppolo remember the first thing he said to his teammates on that incredible day?
“That’s a difficult one,” Garoppolo said after training on Thursday. “I don’t know, dude. Many things are said there. We were all just excited. It was third down, so [my] brain kinda went in that direction – thinking about covers and what? [the Seahawks] were going to do.”
Garoppolo came in below center with 2:12 left in the first quarter just moments after Lance was taken off with a broken ankle that eventually ended his season. He immediately connected with wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a 4-yard win, setting up a 33-yard field goal for kicker Robbie Gould.
When he released the football for its final completion, everything seemed to be going well. But when Seattle pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu Garoppolo delivered a perfect welcome back to the NFL moment.
“Then I was smoked, so the rest is history,” Garoppolo said with a laugh.
Garoppolo previously described his first play — and hit — back under the center of Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer as a wake-up call of sorts.
And it worked, as he finished the game with 154 yards on 13-of-21 passes to help place the 49ers in the victory column.
The gig also helped him get an additional $350,000 in contract incentives for game time, and he’ll try to do it again when San Francisco travels this weekend to beat Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos for Sunday Night Football.
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The game marks Garoppolo’s first start of the season, and the 49ers Faithful can rest assured that he will make the most of it under the primetime lights — even if he can’t remember what he said in the huddle.
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