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49ers, Jimmy G on a tumultuous journey. But for now, they’re great

By Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist

Fact No. 1: Jimmy Garoppolo is the former starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Fact No. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo is the current starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Fact No. 3: A lot has happened in between.

Here we are, then, on the doorstep of Week 3’s showdown against the Broncos. Garoppolo is right back where he started — under center for the Niners in the wake of a saddening and mightily unfortunate ankle injury that will wipe out most or all of Trey Lance’s sophomore season.

It follows a summer journey that took Garoppolo to, er, pretty much everywhere. To the operating table for shoulder capsule surgery, to Los Angeles for rehab, to a farewell Zoom call where he bade the Bay Area goodbye, reportedly to the very jaws of a link-up with the Washington Commanders. And to the trading block, which turned out to be a docile old place.

Then to the practice field (sans playbook) — adjacent to where the in-favor 49ers players were training, then to Kyle Shanahan’s office for a potential reconciliation, then the negotiating table, and perhaps to his bank manager’s desk (OK, we’re guessing at this bit) to explain why his base salary of $25 million just got cut by 75 percent.

And, finally, after a week and a quarter on the sideline, back into the win column after his introduction helped San Francisco to a 27-7 cruise against the Seattle Seahawks.

It has been a tumultuous path for Garoppolo since he arrived at Levi’s Stadium in 2017, and a description of “full circle” doesn’t do it any kind of justice. It has really been more like a passionate and rocky marriage, with all the highs, lows and emotions mixed in.

For many 49ers followers, the feelings are still there. For there is no shortage of happy memories with Garoppolo, whose record of 35-16 is the franchise’s third-best all-time QB mark. Furthermore, he came tantalizingly close to steering the team to a Lombardi Trophy less than three years ago and was…


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