Garoppolo says he modeled his game after Brady

Garoppolo says he modeled his game after Brady
May 9, 2014, 11:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- When Jimmy Garoppolo gets to New England, he'll have a chance to practice alongside the player after whom he's modeled his game.

The quarterback from Eastern Illinois was selected in the second round by the Patriots, and moments after his name was called, a mini-biography popped up on television screens around the country.

The last line? "Favorite player: Tom Brady."

In a conference call with New England media members on Friday night, Garoppolo confirmed that was true.

His first job out of college will be spent backing up his childhood idol.

"His poise in the pocket is so impressive," Garoppolo said of Brady. "He really does a great job of taking control of the offense. He's never really loses his cool. He's always cool, calm and collected in the pocket and that's what I try to do."

Garoppolo's rookie deal will keep him in New England through 2017. That also happens to be the final year of Tom Brady's contract. There is a chance that Garoppolo doesn't take a single snap in the first four years of his pro career.

He's just fine with that.

"I feel good about it," he said. "It's one of those things, whether I was coming in as a starter or as the backup, I'm gonna go in and approach it the same way either way. My mindset is the same as it would be as if I was going in as a starter. I'm going to go out there and try to get better each and every day. That's what good football players do."

Garoppolo came across in his call as polite and personable, genuinely happy to be playing a reserve role on a consistently competitive team.

"Going to Boston, I'm going to get an opportunity to learn from one of the best," Garoppolo said of Brady. "And also all the good coaches they have out there. They have an unbelievable coaching staff. There's gonna be a lot for me to learn between now and the beginning of the season and I'm excited about it."

For all of Garoppolo's willingness to take a back seat to Brady in order to learn the league into which he's been drafted, Garoppolo of course hopes to play at some point. Every player does.

He was just 13 years old when Aaron Rodgers sat in the green room at Radio City Music Hall, waiting to be drafted. He was eventually selected by the Packers, brought to Green Bay to back up a legend.

Garoppolo remembered that day and said that it serves as a potential model track for his career.

"Yeah I remember when that happened, him sitting in the draft room and everything -- he waited a little while," Garoppolo said of Rodgers. "It's a very similar scenario and it worked out very well for Aaron so hopefully it will work out the same way for me."