Jimmy Garoppolo has impressed Joe Montana, but the NFL legend warns five games does not a career make.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer said Tuesday during his appearance on “Good Morning Football” it’s “too early” to anoint the current San Francisco 49ers quarterback as an NFL superstar. Garoppolo won his first five games as the 49ers starting quarterback following his trade from the New England Patriots, with his success creating plenty of hype and earning him a massive new contract. Nevertheless, Montana is just cautiously optimistic about the team’s future.
“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.”
Montana is keen to see whether Garoppolo will prove his ability over the course of the 2018 season.
“This year will be a big tell on it,” Montana continued. “They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”
Montana, who led the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles and won three Super Bowl MVP Awards, knows what it takes to reach the top of the NFL heap and he’s not yet convinced Garoppolo has the necessary staying power.
But it’s still early.
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