3-Minute Interview: Jeff Garcia

The former 49ers quarterback finished a relatively successful first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday when he threw for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. The Gilroy native’s Garcia Pass It On Foundation will hold a fundraiser Feb. 23 at CordeValle Resort in San Martin for the American Cancer Society, El Toro Youth Center, Special Olympics Northern California and the Laci and Conner Search and Rescue Fund. Tickets can be purchased by calling (310) 545-4949.

Why are you doing this event? It’s very positive for us, and we’re excited to give back to certain causes.

Do you think NFL players’ community work is known well enough to the public? I don’t know if people really do understand how much the NFL players are involved in their community, the time and effort and financial dollars. … I think so many of the players in this league have gone through struggles in their life and this is a great way to give back to people who are experiencing similar problems and are in dire need of help.

Were you kind of happy it was the New York Giants who won the Super Bowl considering they were the team that beat you in the playoffs? I think if there were somebody I was quietly rooting for, it was the New York Giants. It gives us a little satisfaction losing to the best team in the league at that time.

You have another year left on your contract. Any interest in returning to the Bay Area teams? I had an opportunity before I signed with Tampa Bay to explore the situation in Oakland. It was hard to say no to that opportunity. I think it would be something I would highly consider.

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