Super Bowl LIV: Both quarterbacks in Super Bowl LIV played baseball up to high school
MIAMI – Maybe the Hard Rock Stadium ground crew should go to the old school and throw some infield dirt, a la Joe Robbie Stadium, for Super Bowl LIV. In this case, both quarterbacks would immediately feel at home.
When the 49ers’ leaders Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo make their Super Bowl debut on Sunday, they’ll all be baseball players to thank them for getting there.
While Mahomes’ baseball history – the son of an 11-year-old MLB pitcher who played three baseball games at Texas Tech – is well documented, Jimmy Garoppolo has a lesser-known relationship to the sport.
Garoppolo is a baseball player who endures the sport all the way through high school and is a pitcher at Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois. At college in Eastern Illinois, however, he focused exclusively on football.
“Baseball was my first love when I was a child and probably my best sport when I was growing up,” said Garoppolo. “When high school came, soccer really became a sport and it worked.”
To what extent a pitcher has helped the 49ers…