Garoppolo on Brady: 'We Still Text Here and There'

49ers QB reveals his current relationship with ex-teammate

Matthew Ashlock
September 21, 2018 - 10:07 am

Though they are no longer teammates, Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady remain in contact.

Appearing on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports, Garoppolo revealed that he still texts with the New England quarterback.

"We always had a good relationship… Initially when I was younger, kind of like an older brother type of relationship, but as I got older and matured through the NFL, we became closer and we became good friends… You know, we still text here and there.”

This might come as a surprise to some, as there has been alleged tension between the two former teammates in the past. Per an ESPN article, there were claims earlier this year that Brady went directly to Patriots owner Robert Kraft to force head coach Bill Belichick to trade Jimmy G away from New England.

Two years ago, Garoppolo seemed to be the heir apparent of the Patriots throne whenever Brady decided to hang it up. For years, Jimmy sat on the sidelines behind Brady, studying and patiently waiting for his turn. But according to Brady himself, the New England starting quarterback has plans to play well into his 40’s. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick knew that Garoppolo wasn’t going to warm New England’s bench forever, and he was eventually dealt to the 49ers in October 2017 for a 2018 second-round pick.

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