San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle misses out on the team season’s opener against the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Monday. The reason revealed by the team was a groin injury, coach Kyle Shanahan told ahead of the match.

George Krieger Kittle is an American football tight end for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers (NFL). He had been a University of Iowa Hawkeyes football player. The NFL athlete established a single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2018, with 1,377 yards, and was named to his first Pro Bowl. On October 9, 1993, George Kittle was born in Madison (the capital city of Wisconsin and the city and county seat of Dane County, Wisconsin, United States).

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He went to Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, and Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. George has committed to play collegiate football at the University of Iowa. Bruce Kittle, his father, also played at Iowa and is a former college football coach.

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On April 9, 2019, Kittle married Claire. Claire played basketball at the University of Iowa, where the pair met. Kittle has claimed that he has been a lifelong admirer of the Chicago Bears. George Kittle’s net worth is $2.69 Million as of 2021.

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Kittle, a top tight end prospect, was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to accept an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He finished most of the drills but skipped the short shuttle and three-cone drill. Kittle’s overall performance was favorably received, as he finished third among tight ends in the broad jump, fifth in the 40-yard dash, and sixth in the vertical jump.

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Kittle participated in Iowa’s Pro Day on March 27, 2017, along with C. J. Beathard, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson, Greg Mabin, Riley McCarron, and four other prospects.

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He finished his combined drills by completing the short shuttle (4.55s), three-cone drill, and positional drills. All 32 NFL clubs sent scouts and team officials, including Cincinnati Bengals tight end coach Jonathan Hayes. Kittle was predicted to be a third- or fourth-round choice by NFL draft analysts and scouts at the end of the pre-draft process. NFL analyst Mike Mayock regarded him as the fifth-best tight end prospect in the draft, NFL expert Gil Brandt ranked him sixth, and ranked him eighth.