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.
IF YA SMELLLL what the NINERS are cookin’.. 👏🏾👊🏾 a long hard road ahead, but 3-0 is a helluva start. Keep havin’ fun boys. #eastbay #peopleschamp #peoplestightend @gkittle46 @49ers https://t.co/sSYqAwsdXw— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 23, 2019
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.