49ers' George Kittle's WWE passion exemplifies his playful personality


49ers' George Kittle's WWE passion exemplifies his playful personality

The clip immediately went viral.

During WWE’s first event at Chase Center, tight end George Kittle, Jimmy Garoppolo, and a host of 49ers made an appearance for “Smackdown”.

Kittle and Garoppolo were sitting directly behind the broadcasters on camera and decided to show off one of his favorite talents -- chugging a full beer in a matter of a few seconds with his quarterback right next to him, cheering on his every gulp.

The self-described superfan also was embraced by some of his favorite wrestlers during the event.

“I wish I could have videotaped the Sundays for a pay per view and the Mondays and the Tuesdays when we were in college for three to four hours a night, sitting in the basement watching WWE,” Kittle’s wife Claire told NBC Sports Bay Area. “They would just be screaming at the TV, they’d have their wrestling shirts on, and we’d get a whole backstory.”

Kittle has never been shy about his love for the sport, even telling reporters after a 49ers game in Dec. 2018 that he needed to leave early so he could get to the WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event in San Jose. 

“Well one Halloween, Emma and Bruce and Claire and George and I all dressed up as different WWE [performers],” Kittle’s mom Jan said. 

Entertainment is definitely something Kittle enjoys providing, as the tight end broke the NFL’s single-season receiving yards record for the position in 2018, catching 88 passes for 1,377 yards.

His performance on “WWE Smackdown” even earned Kittle a shoutout from a former NFL player turned WWE superstar.

[RELATED: Kittle's journey from 'scrawny' to elite tight end]

The entire country seems to have taken notice of what the 49ers have cooking, as the team is 5-0 and remains one of just two unbeaten teams in the NFL.

There’s no doubt that Kittle and his exuberant personality have been a huge part of that.

Deebo Samuel's insane catch in 49ers' win had Nate Burleson going nuts

Deebo Samuel's insane catch in 49ers' win had Nate Burleson going nuts

If 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel's incredible circus catch against the Cardinals on Sunday caused you to go crazy, you're not the only one.

Former NFL wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson highlighted the catch in this week's edition of "Toe Drag Swag," and to say that 11-year veteran was impressed with the rookie was an understatement.

"Now this one is nasty," Burleson said. "Deebo Samuel. Don't forget about him. He goes up and gets this. It bounces off of the back pad, bounces off the helmet of [Patrick] Peterson and then he tracks the ball. Deebo Samuel is snatching footballs like the real Deebo in 'Friday' was snatching chains.

"But how 'bout that concentration, though? You're trying to catch it over the back of one of the best corners in the business. It bounces off his back, it bounces off his head and then you still have the awareness to get your feet down before you go out of bounds."

In case you need a refresher, here are a few slo-mo replays.

Burleson went on to shower the 2019 second-round pick with praise.

"Deebo Samuel, for a young player who is transitioning from position to position, has stepped up and is one the best targets that Jimmy Garoppolo has on this offense," Burleson said. "Look at this play again. Keeping his eyes on the ball the whole time, in between two defenders, and still gets his feet down for one of the best catches in the business."

[RELATED: Samuel makes history vs. Cardinals]

After catching 22 passes for 227 yards over the first seven games he played in this season, Samuel has broken out with 16 receptions for 246 yards combined the last two weeks. Garoppolo targeted the rookie wide receiver a total of 21 times against the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Samuel is starting to make a believer out of everyone, including Burleson.

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Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Jeff Wilson has done a lot with a little bit of playing time this season.

The 49ers running back has scored five touchdowns in seven games in 2019, finding the end zone on 10 percent of the offensive snaps in which he has lined up. His latest TD was the winning one in San Francisco's 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

It came on Wilson's lone offensive snap of the day, and he celebrated appropriately.

"It was just like all the pain I ever felt, all the mistakes I ever made, all the good times I ever had, just all that came out and went," Wilson told KNBR's "Papa & Lund" show Tuesday (H/T 49ers Webzone). "This game meant a lot to me. Obviously, just not playing the whole game, just to get one play, and then the play, you get in and score, and it's for a big moment for the game, it was just all so surreal to me."

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The 49ers got by with a little help from their depth in Week 11, as backup tight end Ross Dwelley hauled in a pair of touchdowns in place of George Kittle and rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel played on more offensive snaps than anyone else at a skill position. Kittle and running back Matt Breida returning likely would push Dwelley and Wilson, respectively, down the depth chart for San Francisco's Sunday night matchup with the 8-2 Green Bay Packers.

If Wilson manages to get another scoring opportunity, the 49ers know they can trust him to deliver in a big moment and be ready to celebrate.