Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t a stranger to the Super Bowl.
The 49ers quarterback makes his third trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday after winning his first two (Super Bowls XLIX and LI) with the Patriots.
However, Super Bowl LIV will be different for Garoppolo as he will make his first Super Bowl start on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Garoppolo got the first taste of what it’s like to be the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl team at the Opening Night event on Monday, where he sat at one of the main podiums to answer questions from the media.
“Last time (I was in the Super Bowl), I was out there (in the crowd). I was right in the jungle out there,” Garoppolo told NFL Network’s Michael Irvin.
“I’ve got a little more space this time, looking good right now,” Garoppolo said with a laugh.
If there is anyone that could give Garoppolo advice for the game, it’s his old teammate Tom Brady, who has won six Super Bowls. Garoppolo said Brady sent him a text with a simple message ahead of Sunday’s game.
“He shot me a text (saying) ‘good luck’ and everything like that and ‘just go handle business,'” Garoppolo said. “It wasn’t too complicated or anything, just ‘go win.'”
While Garoppolo was a near non-factor in the 49ers’ NFC Championship Game win (throwing just eight passes against the Packers), Super Bowl LIV marks the end of his comeback season. Garoppolo started a full season for the first time in his career after he tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Garoppolo reflected on where he was at this time a year ago and how he got to where he is now.
“It’s pretty crazy about a year ago I was just learning to run again and so it’s just how things change in a year and what could happen,” Garoppolo said. “This year’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a great time though. I’ve just had a great time with this team.”
A win in Super Bowl LIV can further cement what’s already been a successful comeback season for Garoppolo.