— SAP Center (@SAPCenter) May 1, 2018
SAN JOSE — 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been in the Bay Area for long but is already on board with the Sharks’ playoff run.
Prior to the start of Monday’s playoff game at SAP Center between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights. Garoppolo became the latest local celebrity figure — and the latest member of the 49ers — to open the door to San Jose’s locker room.
Wearing a teal Sharks jersey instead of usual 49ers colors of scarlet and gold, Garoppolo, a native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, roughly 30 miles northwest of Chicago, shouted into the in-house camera and emphatically threw down a towel before he opened the door.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan opened the door to the Sharks’ locker room prior to the start of Game 4 of their opening round series against the Anaheim Ducks on April 18. Shanahan said to the in-house camera, “The series ends tonight!!” It did, with the Sharks winning that night to finish off a four-game sweep of the Ducks.
Oakland native and former world champion boxer and Andre Ward opened the door to the Sharks’ locker room prior to Game 3 of that series.
The tradition of a local celebrity opening the door to the Sharks’ locker room started with the 2016 playoffs, with such figures as Jerry Rice and Rickey Henderson previously doing the honors.
The series with the Golden Knights was tied 1-1 going into Monday.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 1, 2018
Source: East Bay 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo hops on Sharks’ bandwagon