The 2019 season saw the San Francisco 49ers burst back onto the scene as one of the best teams in the league. The 49ers are a win away from capturing their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. It has put greater focus on their core group that has seen them develop some strong chemistry on both sides of the ball.
Among that is the connection between quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle. Over the last couple of years, the two have garnered a strong bond on and off the field that has been a crucial part of the 49ers’ success.
Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle’s connection on the field
Since his arrival to the 49ers via a trade from the New England Patriots during the 2017 season, Garoppolo has relied on Kittle substantially in the passing game.
The connection between the two have been a crucial part of the 49ers’ offense turning around to being one of the most productive in the league. It has seen Kittle emerge as one of the premier players at his position with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections. He put forth his breakout campaign in 2018, where he had 88 catches with a career-best 1,377 receiving yards, the most for yards for a tight end in a single season.
Kittle has backed that up with his second straight year with at least 85 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards as he had 85 catches for 1,053 receiving yards. He is also the first tight end in franchise history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Meanwhile, his 870 yards after catch in the 2018 campaign made him the first tight end to lead the league in that regard.
Garoppolo has been a steady source of stability for the 49ers, who has been a big part of helping the franchise turn it around. He put together a career-best campaign in 2019 as he had 3,978 passing yards with 27 touchdowns and a 102.0 passer rating. The pairing between the two has put a bright future ahead of the 49ers.
Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle’s relationship off the field
Beyond their strong connection in the passing attack, the two share an even greater bond away from the game.
Garoppolo and Kittle’s friendship has taken off over the last couple of years. It has seen them attend WWE events together where they were seen chugging beers and giving the People’s Eyebrow. That has even led to Kittle donning a customized shirt of the 49ers quarterback wearing nothing but swimming trunks.
In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, their friendship has been shown to a higher degree, with Kittle putting Garoppolo on blast by saying he’s a horrible texter. The two have had some hilarious banter like that throughout their brief time together with the team.
Whenever they talk about each other, there is a clear sign of respect and admiration for each other that extends far beyond the football field.
49ers’ bright future ahead
The 49ers have the prime opportunity to capture their first Super Bowl win in well over two decades, but beyond that, the team has much reason for optimism.
The front office has put together a promising roster that could stick around for Super Bowl contention for the next several years. Garoppolo and Kittle will be a significant part of that towards helping the franchise continue to experience much success.
San Francisco has a stacked defense that is arguably the best unit in the league, while their offense has plenty of balance on the other side of the ball. There may be those that question where Garoppolo ranks among the top quarterbacks in the league, but since his arrival to the team has had much success with him under center.
All in all, there is plenty of excitement about what could be ahead of the 49ers for the long haul.