For Jimmy Garoppolo, the wait is over.
It’s time to show he is ready to be a franchise quarterback, and that begins against his hometown team.
Garoppolo makes his first start for San Francisco when the 49ers visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a game that matches struggling franchises.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “It really is. I’ve got a lot of family and friends going. They’re just as excited as I am. It’s going to be a fun opportunity. Good challenge for our team.”
Garoppolo grew up a Bears fan in suburban Arlington Heights and played at Eastern Illinois.
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