The 49ers shocked the NFL last season when they went from a four-win team to Super Bowl LIV. And they aren't worried about any Super Bowl hangover, especially George Kittle.
"Honestly, there's no need to find the hunger," Kittle said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game. "I've said it 100 times -- I get paid to play football, it's my dream job. My hunger is that I always want to be the best version of me that I can be."
Kittle had another dominant season last year. He was so good, his peers voted him No. 7 on the NFL Top 100. Kittle made history with that ranking as the highest-ranked tight end in the honor's 10-year history.
He was honored and humbled to earn his peers' respect but knows he can be even better this year after earning his record-setting five-year, $75 million contract extension.
"I know I had a good year last year, but that can always be improved upon," Kittle said, "No. 7 can always be better, right?"
Everyone will be hunting for the 49ers this season. They won't catch any team by surprise this season. Coach Kyle Shanahan knows that, as does Kittle.
The reigning NFC champs have a target on their backs, and that's just fine with their star tight end.
"No one really cares about the year before," Kittle said. "It's all about what's gonna happen in front of you, so I just try to prepare like it's going to be my best season, and that's what my plan is."