Kittle's dad proud of son's hilariously bad NFL Honors song

/ by Jarrod Castillo
Presented By Toyota

George Kittle's unforgettable performance at the 2023 NFL Honors certainly is a topic of discussion. 

Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan and Matt Maiocco in the Super Bowl LVII Radio Row in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, Bruce Kittle explained his thoughts on his son's performance.

"Good or bad, it was more about the fun of it and I was really proud of him, just for having the canucks to get up there in front of everybody," Bruce said. "I was a little surprised by how many texts I got saying, 'Man, he's got a terrible signing voice,' and I was like, 'That's not really the point -- it was just for fun.' "

The song in question was a rendition of host Kelly Clarkson's 2009 hit "My Life Would Suck Without You," with George's added twist.

(Warning: Contains NSFW language)

On Friday, George joined Kay Adams on FanDuel TV's "Up & Adams" to discuss his performance, which he practiced "several times."

"After about the fourth or fifth time, I was like, 'It's not going to get any better,' so let's just go out there and sing your heart out and have the best time you can possibly have," George said. 

The 49ers' star tight end also revealed that before he was set to sing, he was nervous because he had never done something like that before. George calmed down with the help of his wife, Claire, and performed as well as he could have. 


Kittle also shared with Adams that he had watched his performance again, saying it was "a lot."

"I was more stressed for that than I was taking the field to win a football game," he added. "That's crazy to me -- well I've done that a thousand times, I've not done singing in front of a huge audience."

Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson jokingly told Chan on Friday that he thinks George should stick to playing football. 

"George is a great tight end, don't get me wrong, but I don't know if that business is for him," Hutchinson said. "It really was just screaming lyrics at that point."

In the end, Bruce reiterated that he was thrilled by George's ability to go up there and sing in front of a crowd of his peers, even with his singing ability.

"So it was great, I think they had a great time last night and it was pretty cool," Bruce concluded. 

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It definitely fits George's personality to belt a song like he did Thursday night in front of his fellow players and competitors. 

And while it might have been a memorable night for players winning awards, Kittle -- in his own way -- made sure he made the evening was unforgettable for all.

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