Jimmy Garoppolo says he and Tom Brady ‘still text here and there’
Jimmy Garoppolo revealed this week that the bonds developed between himself and Tom Brady during their years as New England Patriots teammates have held somewhat despite the two now playing on different teams on opposite coasts.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback indicated the two continue to have limited contact when time allows it. In fact, Garoppolo says he also remains in contact with former Patriots signal-caller Jacoby Brissett as well.
“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,” Garoppolo said during an appearance on Freakonomics Radio’s The Hidden Side of Sports,” as transcribed by Bleacher Report. “You know, we still text here and there. Jacoby was a good friend of mine, too.
“So, the three of us always were texting each other. Everyone said it was a terrible decision to have the same agent, but I think it worked out very well. Our agents look out for both of us, both of our best interest. But at the end of the day it’s the NFL. It’s a business.”
The fact that Garoppolo revealed that he and Brady remain in contact to some extent comes amid the backstory of how Brady allegedly orchestrated Jimmy G’s exodus out of New England, allegations made in a bombshell ESPN report earlier this year.
Said report also alleged a power struggle between Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. While all parties involved denied such a rift, Garoppolo was rumored to play a role in the situation as Brady is said to have gone behind Belichick’s back to pressure Kraft into trading his then-backup. And the issues stemming from thereportedly have yet to be resolved by the Patriots’ power players.
A new book even forwards the narrative that Brady felt concerned about being “pushed out” by Belichick in favor of Garoppolo.
But hey, Garoppolo and Brady are still tight. Well, they “still text here and there,” so that’s good.