"You used to call me on my cell phone."
Jimmy Garoppolo likely might have been thinking about these Drake lyrics from "Hotline Bling" when he tried to reach 49ers teammate George Kittle on Wednesday night, following the announcement that the tight end had joined Garoppolo in the NFL's Top 100 list at No. 7 overall. Jimmy G shared that he tried to FaceTime Kittle, but wasn't getting an answer despite seeing him post on his Instagram story.
Jimmy Garoppolo calls out George Kittle for not answering his facetime call on Instagram 😆 pic.twitter.com/f36YcaUJyd— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) July 30, 2020
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Garoppolo checked in at No. 43 in the 2020 edition of the rankings, which are voted on exclusively by NFL players. The two were joined by linebacker Fred Warner (No. 70), cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 28) and defensive end Nick Bosa (No. 17). Kittle also ended up as the highest-rated tight end not just this season, but ever in the 10 years of this list being generated.
Garoppolo and Kittle have had their public communication issues before. Kittle told the media assembled in Miami for Super Bowl LIV that a flaw of Garoppolo's is responding to text messages from the tight end.
"He is the worst texter of all time," Kittle said. "I'm telling you, he leaves me on 'Read' all the time. I'll be like 'Hey Jimmy, I've got a question. Maybe on this play, should I run my route like this?' No Response. 'Jimmy, want to go to a movie?' No response. And then next day he's like 'Yeah, I got your text. I just didn't respond.' Thanks, Jim. That's awesome. So yeah, he's a bad texter. Bad communication."
Although the two love to joke and have fun at each other's expense, Kittle and his quarterback will need to be in absolute sync for the 2020 NFL season, as the 49ers look to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.