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George Kittle has odd approach to greeting defenders during games

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 10/30/2020 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is one of the more eccentric players in the NFL. © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is one of the more eccentric players in the NFL.

George Kittle is one of the most intimidating players in the NFL, but the San Francisco 49ers star prefers to strike fear in opponents’ hearts with what he does rather than what he says. According to Kittle, those who have lined up against him could tell you that.

Kittle revealed this week that he isn’t much of a trash talker, especially before the ball is snapped. The All-Pro tight end said he typically greets defenders with a simple “hello.” They’re not always so cordial in response.

In addition to being arguably the best tight end in football, Kittle is also one of the NFL’s funniest players. We know that from antics like the way he trolls Jimmy Garoppolo during Zoom meetings.

You can understand why some defenders don’t want to give Kittle the satisfaction of carrying on a civil conversation. The only thing worse than a guy who catches a pass over the middle and then trucks you is a guy who says “hello” before he does it.

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