Football fans likely saw San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle, along with other NFL figures, tweet about ‘National Tight Ends Day.’
Kittle, the 49ers’ all-world tight end, is leading the charge on one of the NFL’s newest events. But is ‘National Tight Ends Day’ a significant new trend for football, or is it nothing more than an online marketing campaign?
Let’s examine just what the day is all about.
George Kittle leads an elite group of NFL tight ends
ESPN called the 2011 season the ‘Year of the Quarterback.’ Six weeks into the 2020 NFL season, it may be fair to call this the ‘Year of the Tight End.’
Football fans are living in possibly the greatest era that tight ends have ever had.
San Francisco 49ers star George Kittle, a fifth-round pick in 2017, leads the pack as arguably the league’s top tight end. Kittle caught 30 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns in his first four games this season.
Kansas City star Travis Kelce leads NFL tight ends in catches (37), receiving yards (470), and touchdowns (five) entering Week 7. Darren Waller has 34 catches for the Raiders, but only 295 yards and two touchdowns.
Other young tight ends, such as Baltimore’s Mark Andrews and the Titans’ Jonnu Smith, are enjoying strong 2020 seasons.
Four tight ends entered Week 6 with five receiving touchdowns on the season. Chicago veteran Jimmy Graham, a former All-Pro in New Orleans, has four scores to his name.
The NFL is celebrating ‘National Tight Ends Day’ in Week 7
The 2020 version of Festivus has hit the NFL.
On Sunday, October 25, the NFL will celebrate ‘National Tight Ends Day.’ Tight ends across the league, including George Kittle, will be miked up and celebrating the new holiday.
October has been a busy month for the NFL. As they always do in October, the league honored Breast Cancer survivors. The NFL also moved multiple games around because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event began last year, and will be held annually on the final Sunday in October.
Now, tight ends will have their day in the limelight. But what exactly is ‘National Tight Ends Day?’
What are the full details on ‘National Tight Ends Day?’
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is the face of ‘National Tight Ends Day.’
Kittle said the holiday, in its original form, technically began in a Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions in 2018.
“It was a conversation between Garrett Celek, Jimmy [Garoppolo] and myself. I’m pretty sure it was a day when all the tight ends were active. So Jimmy G was like, ‘What is it, National Tight Ends Day?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah, it’s a holiday, man. It’s National Tight Ends Day.’”
Kittle would be wise to celebrate the holiday with a strong performance and victory against the New England Patriots. A win would keep the 49ers (3-3) in the postseason race entering a difficult two-game stretch at Seattle, and then at home against Green Bay.