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What: “Beyond the Glory: Jeff Garcia”

When: Sunday, 8 p.m., Fox Sports Net, and 9 p.m., Fox Sports Net 2

The Jeff Garcia story is an amazing one, nicely captured in this edition of “Beyond the Glory.” Garcia has enjoyed the highs of being the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback. And he has endured the lows of losing two siblings.

Garcia is the grandson of migrant Mexican farm workers. He grew up on farmland in the community of Gilroy, Calif. Both his grandfather and father became football coaches.


Garcia, the oldest of five children, lost a brother and a sister before his ninth birthday.

While on a family vacation at Mammoth Lakes, Jason Garcia, 6, fell into a river while hiking with Jeff and some friends. His body was found hours later in deep water, lodged under a rock. Just as the family was healing, a little more than a year after Jason’s death, Kimberly Garcia, 5, fell out of the back of her father’s pickup and was killed by an oncoming tractor.

“I really didn’t know how to react,” Garcia says in the one-hour documentary. “There was just a huge loss, a huge void in my life. For me personally, at that time in my life I can just remember putting a lot of blame on God and saying, ‘Why us? Why this family?’ ”

Garcia played for his father in high school and had a solid junior year. But he suffered a broken arm in his third game as a senior, and no four-year colleges showed interest. Jeff’s father moved on to Gilroy’s Gavilan Junior College and invited his son to play for him. Jeff’s play at Gavilan led to a scholarship at San Jose State, where he was noticed by Bill Walsh when Walsh was the Stanford coach.

After college, Garcia played in Canada for five years and became a star. In 1999, he signed with the 49ers as a free agent, thanks to Walsh, who was then the team’s general manager.

-- Larry Stewart