(By Baxie) Do you remember the episode of The Beverly Hillbillies where Jethro wanted to become a brain surgeon? As it turns out, he wasn’t really qualified to become a brain surgeon. And yet, he was undaunted in his abilities to perform delicate surgical procedures such as neuroendoscopy, or an MRI guided ablation, or an orbitozygomatic craniotomy. You see, Jethro has confidence in his skills—even as they were unproven in a medical setting. Jethro’s aspirations towards a career in brain surgery seemed implausible and wildly incomprehensible.
So, when people read The Bleacher Report’s interview with 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this week—folks may have walked away with the same impression. During the interview, Garoppolo discussed what it was like to serve as the back-up option for Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. And according to Garoppolo, “when I first got to New England, I thought in my head, I’m better than this dude.” Really? Better than Tom Brady? You met Tom Brady 15 minutes into your professional career and suddenly, you’re better than a guy who’s won 5 Super Bowls, 3 MVP awards, and has been selected to 13 Pro Bowls. And yet, he’s still not as good as you?!?
According to Garoppolo, he’s always held a “quiet confidence” in himself but that he would never say these things out loud. He would, however, be willing say it during an interview with the Bleacher Report—and running the risk of seeming to be completely delusional. Obviously, to be a great quarterback in the NFL you need a certain level of overconfidence. But to walk into Foxboro thinking that you’re already better than the greatest quarterback who ever lived isn’t a matter of overconfidence. That’s a neurological dysfunction. The very kind of neurological dysfunction that might require the consultation of a world-famous brain surgeon like Dr. Jethro Bodine of the Beverly Hillbillies.