49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo Says His Torn ACL in 2018 Was a “Blessing in Disguise”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9301241h)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a new look on the ACL injury that limited him to just three games in 2018. According to Garoppolo, his injury was “blessing in disguise” as it enabled 49ers to get Pro Bowl pass rusher Nick Bosa.

The 2018 season supposed to be Garropolo’s first as a full-time starter, but he ended up tearing his ACL in Week 3, which ruled him out for the season. In his absence, San Francisco struggled and finished the year with 4-12 record, which got them the No.2 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft. The team used it to draft Bosa, who had an immediate impact on the team in his rookie season.

Bosa finished this regular season as a Pro Bowler and PFWA Rookie of the Year, tallying 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks, and one interception. Seeing this big contribution of the young defensive end for his team, Garoppolo doesn’t have so many regrets about the time he missed in 2018.

“Things have a way of working out,” said Garoppolo during a press conference on Wednesday. “I always told myself it was a blessing in disguise, the ACL.”

“We got (Nick) Bosa out of it. That’s a pretty good trade-off, I guess. But yeah, things have a way of working out I guess. This ride is crazy,” he added.

With Jimmy Garoppolo healthy, 49ers managed to put together an impressive season in which they won the NFC West with 13-3 record that also got them the No.1 seed in their conference. 49ers will now face Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game after previously beating Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round.