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Antonio Brown follows the 49ers on social media day after trade rumors

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Antonio Brown follows the 49ers on social media day after trade rumors

Social media is everything these days. Everyone knows what you are up to, where you are and even what you're eating. And if you try to delete something, screenshots become your enemy.

But in this case, screenshotting becomes content -- and maybe even a glimpse into the future. 

One day after rumors circulated about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wanting out of Pittsburgh, the All-Pro wideout followed the 49ers on Instagram:

And on his Twitter account, we noticed Brown started following members of the 49ers: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, safety Adrian Colbert and tight end George Kittle.

OK, so this may make us sound like we're creepy since we know everything that's going on with these guys' social media accounts, but it's all part of the game so don't judge. Also, if you call it "investigative journalism," we don't get as much of a hard time for that.

Anyway ...

This isn't just a one-way street. George Kittle made his love for the star receiver well known on Twitter late Monday night, and AB responded in a very loving way

Like I said, when something like this is on social media, we can't help but wonder.

Perhaps it's as simple as AB becoming a supporter of Kittle who just broke the NFL season record for receiving yards by a tight end and he wants to follow the team he's on.

It could be a number of things.

Still, it gets you all warm and fuzzy thinking the two could be teammates one day.

But if that doesn't work out, perhaps the 49ers could take a chance on AB's cousin, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, who just declared for the NFL Draft:

Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

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Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

It's a video that has gone viral of a moment an Oregon coach disarmed a student who entered a school possessing a firearm.

Keanon Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, now serves as the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. He's also a hero after preventing a shooting when he embraced a gunman and caused them to surrender his weapon:

The gunman walked into one of the buildings at the school with a shotgun hidden under a jacket he was carrying in his arms on May 17.

“I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him," Lowe told reporters. "I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”

Lowe is also a former standout star wide receiver at the University of Oregon. 

“The universe works in amazing ways," Lowe added. "I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."

Nobody was injured in the events.

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How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

George Kittle wasn’t always the hulking, 250-pound tight end that set the NFL single-season receiving mark for a the position in just his second NFL season.

When he showed up at the University of Iowa, Kittle was a 6-foot-2, 185-pound high school wide receiver with a strong work ethic. 

It was in Iowa City that Kittle’s body underwent a dramatic transformation.

"If you look at any of his high school photos, it will blow your mind," Kittle's mom Jan said.

"He was scrawny when he came to Iowa,” Kittle’s wife Claire said. “But I think that's kind of just how a lot of people are. So they grow into their body and they become the man that they're supposed to be.”

“He certainly embraced our program, he worked very hard,” Iowa Strength and Conditioning coach Chris Doyle told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Had to change his eating habits and change his lifestyle from that regard to kind of grow into just the process of becoming a Division I football player.”

In addition to growing several inches during his time with the Hawkeyes, Kittle put on a whopping 35 pounds during his college career.

“It's overwhelming every single time I see him,” Emma Kittle, George’s older sister, said. “Because he’s still George, and like my little brother. But like physically, he is a man.”

He certainly plays like a man on the field, as the 26-year-old has blossomed into one of the NFL’s top tight ends, even earning a second-team All-Pro designation after his breakout 2018 season.

The Kittle family certainly is not short on impressive athletes, as his father Bruce was also a tight end at Iowa and sister Emma was a Division I volleyball player at Iowa and Oklahoma. His mother Jan lettered in both basketball and softball at Drake University.

[RELATED: Kittle among players to watch vs. Washington]

While puberty may have set in a little later than most for George, his dedication to his craft has manifested itself as he now stands as the No. 1 receiving option on an undefeated 49ers team.

“I've witnessed everything that he's done so far and like all the hard work,” Emma said. “And so to see him succeeding at this level is like, he was born to do this. He was born to have the spotlight on him. He was born to have this type of pressure, like to carry people to work this hard.”