Meet Tom Brady's successor, Jimmy Garoppolo

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This Nov. 2, 2013 file photo shows Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo  on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA football game against Tennessee Tech at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Ill. His (12-1), Panthers are getting ready to play Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals against Towson. And they have in Jimmy Garoppolo , a quarterback who has rewritten the Panther and Ohio Valley Conference record books and is probably headed to the NFL

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The past few years, when the New England Patriots drafted quarterbacks like Matt Cassel or Ryan Mallett, it never seemed like they would be Tom Brady's successor. Brady still had many years left and the other quarterbacks weren't drafted that high.

But Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo might be the guy to become that trivia answer.

Garoppolo was taken by New England with the 62nd overall pick, near the end of the second round. That's the highest the Patriots have drafted a quarterback since Brady become the starter. Brady is going to be 37 in August. Do the math.
Frank Schwab

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