San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo acknowledged Friday that in the days after tearing his ACL, he spent plenty of time replaying that situation, as well as others prior, in his head before coming to a point of acceptance and moving on.
Given a little more than a month to reflect on the play that led to the season-ending knee injury he suffered on Sept. 23, Garoppolo said his future approach in similar situations could change but only to an extent.
“I’ve always been pretty cautious, so that was kind of the freak accident of the play,” Garoppolo said, addressing reporters Friday for the first time since the injury. “I don’t know if it was just instinct or what, to cut back like that. But it is what it is. Your style of play, I think, will alter initially. But eventually, everyone keeps telling me you’ll get back to how your legs were before, just as strong if not stronger. It’s all about putting in the work right now — coming back stronger than I was before, mentally being better and just overall being better.”
For the first time since his injury, Jimmy Garoppolo met with the media. Hear what he had to say about the recovery process. pic.twitter.com/wOTU6V5RTC
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 26, 2018
Being inured and being injury prone are two very different things. It seems Jimmy does not want that Injury prone label.
Jimmy Garoppolo: “If people say I’m injury-prone, they don’t know what they’re talking about… I’ve played sports my whole life, and I’ve had only two injuries.”
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 26, 2018
The 49ers are 0-4 since Garoppolo’s injury and 3-28 in games started by a quarterback other than him over the past three seasons. They are 6-2 with him as the starter in that span.
Stats don’t lie.