Jimmy Garoppolo is standing his ground regarding his statement that was better than Tom Brady while playing in New England.
The insight into the 49ers quarterback’s confidence came during a feature story on the ascension of Garoppolo written by Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee. The piece covered Garoppolo’s time in Foxboro, quoting him saying how he felt he could go toe-to-toe and even surpass the five time Super Bowl champion in Brady.
“Even when I was a little kid, my brothers, whenever we would play, I would literally always think I was going to win. I wouldn’t, but I would always think that. It’s like when I go to New England, when I first got there, I thought in my head, ‘I’m better than this dude.’”
“But in your head, you believe you’re better than Tom Brady?” I ask.
“It was always a quiet confidence,” Jimmy says. “I would never speak that.”
I ask again: “But you believed that you were the best dude there?”
“Yeah, you believe in yourself,” Jimmy says. “That’s the best way to put it.”
I check his confidence one more time: “So you’re going up to Tom Brady and saying, ‘I’m better than you’?”
“I’m not stupid. You have to pick your battles, but I had belief in myself that I could do certain things, and it’s always worked out pretty well. It will always be in me, that drive that comes from my dad telling me that someone is always working harder, that I’m always in last place and I need to catch up to someone else.”
As expected, Garoppolo’s claim filled-out headlines throughout the NFL landscape and was hot topic in the days that followed.
So, naturally, when Garoppolo stepped to the podium on Wednesday as the 49ers got back to work with training camp, he got asked about his claim.
And he doubled down.
“I think every good athlete, in order to be great at what you do, you have to be confident. Believe in yourself,” Garoppolo said.
Talk about confidence!