Montana: ‘Little early’ to crown Garoppolo 49ers’ next great QB

Posted: 12/04/2018 in NFL, Sports
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The San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback position is one of the most revered positions in sports thanks to Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young.

But, asked Tuesday about the 49ers’ latest star under center, Jimmy Garoppolo, Montana wasn’t quite ready to name him San Francisco’s next superstar on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

“I think it’s still a little early for it, myself,” Montana said. “He’s obviously has a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it.”

Garoppolo excelled for the 49ers in 2017 after a midseason trade from the New England Patriots, leading them to a 5-0 record to close the campaign and recording a 96.2 passer rating.

Despite the limited sample size, the 49ers were confident enough in Garoppolo to make him the NFL’s highest-paid player at the time – a crown he held for just a few weeks until Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

“This year will be a big tell on it,” Montana added. “They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”

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