Things to Know About Tom Brady's Fill-In

With the suspension of NFL superstar Tom Brady for four games, the top quarterback in the league will cede the spotlight to his untested backup — 23-year-old Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo, a native of the Chicago suburbs, played college ball at Eastern Illinois University, alma mater of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Garoppolo broke several passing records set by Romo. He won the small-college version of the Heisman in his senior year, when he passed for more than 5,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in 14 games. As Brady's understudy, Garoppolo got very limited playing time during the Patriots' march to a Super Bowl title. He appeared in six games, none of them starts, most of them when the Patriots were nursing big leads, or had fallen woefully behind.



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