Morning sports update: Jimmy Garoppolo says signing with Jordan Brand was a dream come true

"Ever since I was a little kid, he's been my favorite athlete, so it's pretty cool to be part of his brand now."

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass during practice. –AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

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Jimmy Garoppolo says signing with Jordan Brand was a dream come true

Jimmy’s wearing Jordans.

Jimmy Garoppolo, former Patriots backup quarterback and current $137.5 million man for the San Francisco 49ers, signed with Jordan Brand this summer. He chose Michael Jordan’s signature brand over offers from Under Armour, Adidas, and Jordan’s parent company, Nike.

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“Since I got in the league, it was one of my dreams to be with Jordan and it came true, so I’m pretty excited about it,” Garoppolo told ESPN.

The 26-year-old grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois during the Chicago Bulls legend’s Hall of Fame career. While Garoppolo was a bit too young to remember much from Jordan’s six NBA championships, he knows all about his work on the court and on his personal brand.

“I was pretty young, but even when they were winning those championships, I can remember staying up with my three brothers, mom and dad — we’d all be in the living room watching it,” Garoppolo said. “It was so exciting. Ever since I was a little kid, he’s been my favorite athlete, so it’s pretty cool to be part of his brand now.”

Garoppolo, who started — and won — the final five games for the 49ers last season, is the only starting quarterback in the NFL signed to Jordan Brand. However, the Seahawks’ Earl Thomas and the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey are Jordan athletes, with more players expected to be formally announced along with Garoppolo next week.

In addition to the Jordan deal, the quarterback’s endorsement collection includes New Era and Bose. Garoppolo is learning from the best when it comes to brand-building. Although Jordan earned a relatively paltry $90 million in salary during his 15-year playing career, his net worth is now north of $1 billion.

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“Each player, you are your own brand,” Garoppolo said. “I don’t currently have one yet. We’re working on that, but you have got to treat your brand like you want to be perceived by everybody. I think Michael did a great job of that.”

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