George Kittle Earns Rob Gronkowski Comparisons After Another Stellar Season

Published 08/03/2020, 2:39 PM EDT


George Kittle has been a mainstay in the San Francisco 49ers’ strong offensive line. The 26-year old former Iowa College man has proven time and again why he is seen as one of the greatest tight ends in the league over the last two years.

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Since joining the 49ers in 2017, Kittle has been a crucial cog in their offensive formation. In his sophomore season, Kittle set a new record for rushing yards at the tight end position (1,377 yards). He crossed the 1,000 mark last year too as the 49ers made their way to the Super Bowl in Miami.
Despite the heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Kittle earned rave reviews from fellow NFL colleagues and critics alike for his displays throughout the season. The hard-working youngster was ranked at number 29 in the NFL Top 100 list in 2019. However, he jumped 22 spots to number seven on the NFL Top 100 list that was released last week. Here is what fellow NFL stars had to say about Kittle ahead of the start of the 2020 season.

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George Kittle is like Rob Gronkowski in his prime, says Jaguars linebacker Joe Schobert

"You don't see a tight end in the NFL take over games like that since Rob Gronkowski in his prime." #NFLTop100@gkittle46 | @49ers pic.twitter.com/7GK09UVlZ6

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 2, 2020

In Tom Brady-like fashion, George Kittle went from being a fifth-round (146th overall) pick to one of the best players in the league. Brady was the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft. He went on to win six Super Bowls and three NFL MVP awards while playing for the New England Patriots.

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At just 26, Kittle still has a lot of time to improve his game. He could very well lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl title in the coming years. His agent is currently involved in contract extension talks with the San Francisco-based NFL franchise. As per reports, there are rumors doing the rounds that Kittle will become the highest-paid tight end in NFL history over the coming weeks.
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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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