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While the 49ers as a team are nowhere near capturing the hearts of their fans, George Kittle has everyone falling in love with football again. Kittle’s quirky, outgoing, childish enthusiasm is capturing the hearts of the nation. Oh, and we can't forget that he’s insanely good and is one of the best tight ends in the league. The future Pro Bowler (that's right, we’re going to speak it into existence) is having a record-breaking season. Coming into his second season, most people envisioned a solid performance from him, but this? Unreal.
After Sunday’s win against the Broncos, and a record setting day for Kittle, he currently ranks in the Top-10 in the NFL in yards receiving, with 1,103,ahead of guys like Antonio Brown (1,063), Odell Beckham Jr. (1,052) and Keenan Allen (1,074), which is mind-boggling because those are some of the best receivers in the league...and he’s a tight end. The most telling statistic about Kittle’s monster season is his number of receptions: he has caught 69 passes, which ranks 22nd in the league. Averaging 16 yards per reception, Kittle’s yards after catch (YAC) is good for fourth in the entire NFL. With 578 of his 1,103 yards coming after the catch, Kittle’s strength and size has defenders committing penalties just to stop him.
Off the field, it’s Kittle’s quirky, fun personality that many are drawn to. Every interview you hear, he’s humble, he praises his coaches and doesn't let his newfound fame get to his head. Whether its talking wrestling, or playing Fortnite with Jimmy Garoppolo and Trent Taylor, George Kittle’s just a teenage boy at heart. Stone-Cold George Kittle is quickly becoming a nationwide favorite in the media. At the beginning of the year, Kittle, Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan were seen with 50 Cent in a picture they took at Bellator 199 at SAP Center this offseason. I guess that should have been a sign to come for George Kittle and how quickly he would blow up, because now everyone is hopping on the Kittle Express, including Hall Of Famer Deion Sanders.
As the season comes to an end, Kittle currently is on pace to break the all-time yards-receiving record by a tight end (Gronkowski, 1,327). With three games left to play, Kittle needs to average around 85 yards a game to break the record. Not only that, but his new buddy Travis Kelce is on pace to break it sooner than Kittle; Kelce currently has 56 more yards on the season. As he cements himself as one of the league's best, we can look forward to these last few games of the season as George Kittle continues his record chase.
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