Jimmy Garoppolo: Eastern Illinois QB hopes to star in NFL

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Jimmy Garoppolo. Photo credit: © Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News

Jimmy Garoppolo NFL

The New England Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo with the 30th pick in the second round (62nd overall) during the NFL Draft on Friday.

Garoppolo, a 6-foot-2-inch, 226-pound right-handed passer played college football at Eastern Illinois.

As a senior in 2013, he broke Tony Romo’s school records for career passing touchdowns, yards and passing touchdowns in a season. He also won the Walter Payton Award that season.

In his bio, Garoppolo listed his favorite NFL player as Tom Brady. Now he’ll get a chance to work with Brady every day in training camp and practice.

Jimmy Garoppolo ethnic background

Is he Greek, Italian, Hispanic or what? Everyone wants to know what ethnicity Jimmy Garoppolo is.

Garoppolo was born and raised in Arlington Heights and in a recent interview with the Chicago Sun Times, he was asked:

How exactly do you say your name?

“Ga-ra-po-lo,” he said with an affable smile. “It’s usually how most people think.”

Is that a Greek name? the reporter asked

“No, it’s Italian,” he said, now beaming. “It ends in a vowel.”

Jimmy Garoppolo – The ‘Italian Stallion’

Big things are expected from Garoppolo and some people in the media are already referring to him as the ‘Italian Stallion.’

Jon Gruden, the former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN, refers to Jimmy as the ‘Italian Stallion’ in the video below.