Following his move to the San Francisco 49ers from the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo’s profile in the National Football League (NFL) has been on the rise. Since moving from Tom Brady’s shadow to becoming the starting quarterback for the 49ers, he has become one of the most followed players in the league. Both by neutrals and fans of the 49ers, who are hoping he would lead them to glory.
With his name firmly among the most recognizable in the NFL, it is worth learning about his journey from a high school football hopeful to one of the NFL’s leading superstars.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s Background
Jimmy Garoppolo was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on the 2nd of November 1991. From an early age, he focused on the path to making a career in sports, specifically football. While studying at the Rolling Meadows High School, he played football as a linebacker as well as a quarterback for the school’s football team — the Mustangs.
During his junior and senior season on the team, he played 19 games in total, had 25 touchdowns and passed for 3,136 yards. The third son among four born to his parents, Denise and Tony Garoppolo, Jimmy’s high school performances, earned him a place among the Eastern Illinois Panthers, where he had a notable college career.
His College Football Career — Stats and Accomplishments
Like most athletes’ journeys to stardom, Jimmy Garoppolo’s early days as a young player in college football started slowly. In his first year playing for the Eastern Illinois Panthers under coach Bob Spoon, he was only able to manage an appearance in eight games. In those games, he posted 1,639 yards and 14 touchdowns, which was not bad for a college rookie. Certainly not for the Ohio Valley Conference award team that named him in the All-Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer Team.
For the remaining games he played with Eastern Illinois, Jimmy went on to clinch 20 touchdowns with 2,644 passes, as well as 31 touchdowns on 3,823 yards in 2012. He was then named the 2013 College Football Performance FCS National Quarterback of the Year, as well as the 2013–14 OVC Male Athlete of the Year.
In his last year with the team, Jimmy Garoppolo went on to break the college records set by the iconic NFL quarterback, Tony Romo, for career passing touchdowns, career passing yards, and passing touchdowns in a season.
Professional Career — Signings, Stats, and Career Achievements
Jimmy Garoppolo began his professional career after he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, as the 62nd pick overall. His contract with the Patriot was worth $3,483,898 ($1,103,744 guaranteed) with a $853,744 signing bonus for four years.
Jimmy made his debut for his team in 2014 in the regular season. He was instrumental in paving the way for a scoring drive for the Patriots, also leading to his first career passing touchdown on a 13-yard pass.
At the end of October 2017, Jimmy Garappolo’s career with the Patriots came to an end. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he has since gone from being the other quarterback for the Patriots to one of NFL’s biggest stars.
Following a series of impressive performances with the 49ers, a new contract was settled upon by Jimmy and the 49ers. He signed a five-year contract worth $137.5 million in February 2018.
Having been in the league for more than five years, Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to record some achievements over the course of his NFL career. He won two Super Bowls as a player for the New England Patriots.
Outside of his NFL career, Jimmy’s college career bore achievements like the Walter Payton Award, OVC Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OVC and Second-Team All OVC. With many years still ahead for the 49ers quarterback, there is plenty room for him to add to his trophy cabinet.
How Rich is Jimmy Garoppolo?
As a quarterback who has spent more than five years in the league, Jimmy Garoppolo has grown in wealth since he was drafted in 2014. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 49ers quarterback has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
His current contract with the 49ers fetches him an average of $27.5 million in salary, as well as a bonus of $50,000 per game and up to $600,000 in annual workout bonus. His five-year $137.5 million contract with the team comes with $74.1 million guaranteed.
So far, he has earned a total of $63 million since he joined the league, and is expected to make an additional $75 million if he runs down his contract with the 49ers.
Jimmy’s Personal Life
Who are His Family Members?
If you ever had your reservations or doubts about his ancestry, you were probably on to something because he is of Italian descent thanks to his parents; father, Tony Garoppolo, and Mother, Denise Garoppolo, who are Italian immigrants.
Jimmy’s family is one that is small and tight-knit. He has three brothers (one of whom is named Mike Garoppolo) and no sisters. So far, very little is known about the siblings of the 49ers star.
Is Jimmy Garoppolo Married?
Jimmy Garoppolo is no doubt a charming young man who most ladies would love to date. He has never been married, and there is no news that he has any wife or baby mama somewhere. As a result of this, most fans have been eager to find out who he is dating.
The quarterback has done an excellent job of keeping his personal life private. So far, he has been linked to Alexandra King, but nothing has been confirmed of the rumored relationship. He was also notably involved in a tryst with the porn star, Kiara Mia.
While many believed he was entering into a relationship with the adult film star, its since been revealed it was nothing more than a fling. And as a result, the wait continues for the special person in Jimmy’s romantic life.