No. 1: George Kittle
Who else could it be but tight end George Kittle? He’s become the complete package both on and off the field for San Francisco.
Even though he didn’t set any records this season, this still might be the best season Kittle has had as a pro. Pro Football Focus certainly agreed, as they’ve given him a mammoth 95.0 grade for the season.
Despite missing two games, Kittle had 85 catches for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns for the season. Even though he hadn’t played with Jimmy Garoppolo for almost a whole season, he didn’t lose any of his chemistry with him
Of course, Kittle loves blocking even more than catching the ball. His blocking prowess is among the elite if not the elite in his position.
Kittle can do it all. Whether it’s laying crushing blocks or the pass and run that led to the 49ers beating the Saints in their dome (with three players hanging off him and his facemask being wrenched), Kittle is the MVP of the 49ers this season.
The road to the Super Bowl this season goes through the 49ers, and the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes equally as much go through Kittle.