Artist Jimmy G.’s project comes to an end with Raiders news
Artist and San Francisco 49ers fan Rita Carvalho’s nearly year-long project of drawing Jimmy Garoppolo every day “until he’s traded” finally came to an end on Monday.
Although “Jimmy G.” was technically not traded, Garoppolo and the Las Vegas Raiders agreed to a three years, $67.5 million on Monday afternoon, which means the 31-year-old will be leaving the Bay Area after six seasons with the team.
Carvalho’s work began almost exactly a year ago, in March 2022, when it seemed almost certain that Garoppolo would leave the 49ers. Instead, the former New England Patriots signalman stayed in San Francisco for another year under a restructured contract and agreed to be Trey Lance’s backup for last season.
After Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2, Garoppolo took over and ended up leading the quarterback committee in games and games started (11 & 10), completion percentage ( 67.2%), passing yards (2,437) and passing. touchdowns (16), while throwing just four interceptions and posting a 7-3 record. The 2014 second-round pick suffered a foot injury in Week 13, and rookie Brock Purdy started the rest of the way.
In July, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, Garoppolo told an ABC television affiliate in San Francisco that he had seen the designs and liked them.
“Rita, I really appreciate it,” Garoppolo said. “It’s really cool, it’s just the uniqueness. We’ll see how many more you have to draw.”