On Tuesday in Santa Clara, the 49ers introduced Jimmy Garoppolo -- the guy they envision as their quarterback of the future.

The soon-to-be 26 year-old (his birthday is on Thursday) didn't grow up dreaming about being an NFL signal-caller.

Garoppolo joined the Murph & Mac Show on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning, and was asked about his college options coming out of high school.

"They were pretty limited (laughter)," Garoppolo explained. "I played linebacker up until my junior year and then our quarterback got hurt, and I kinda got thrust into the situation.

"Didn't have a lot of offers. I think I had three D-1 AA offers and Eastern Illinois was one of them. It worked out pretty well."

Yes it did.

The Patriots selected Garoppolo in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2014 draft.

He won two Super Bowls, learned from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and is in line to make a lot of money in 2018 and beyond.

One other thing to know about Garoppolo:

"I've never actually been to Northern California, so this is a first for me," Garoppolo revealed. "I like it. The weather is a lot nicer than Chicago and New England, that's for sure.

"But I haven't really got a chance to get out or anything yet so we'll have to experience that as we go."