San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has enjoyed some incredible moments with Jimmy Garoppolo since the 49ers acquired him in 2017. It’s when they first met in 2014 that might be the most memorable.
In an interview with The Athletic, San Francisco’s head coach shared the unique story of how he first met Garoppolo in 2014. Shanahan, working for the Cleveland Browns at the time, went to workout Garoppolo before the 2014 NFL Draft and left with quite the impression.
“I remember they didn’t have a lot of receivers show up,” Shanahan said, via The Athletic. “So I had to do some of the routes. Which was frustrating. I didn’t have gloves, and the next two days I remember my hands were purple. But I feel like I caught most of ’em. So the workout was great. Then going out to dinner with him later that night, just being able to hang out with him. Very simple. Very humble.”
It’s not hard to imagine Shanahan putting down his clipboard and hitting the field to run routes for Garoppolo. He’s proven to be a coach that players love and gestures like that just demonstrate why.
Even after coming away from the workout with bruised hands, he still hung out with Garoppolo and got to know the young quarterback. While the Browns didn’t ultimately land him, they were reunited just a few years later.
Fortunately for Shanahan, the 49ers have more than enough receivers to catch Garoppolo’s passes. Now years after meeting, the duo will hope they can win a Super Bowl together.