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Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots warms up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 10, 2015
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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.

Who is this Garoppolo fellow? Here are some of the basics:

He was better than Romo

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 …

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