SF 49ers: 5 best storylines over first half of 2020 season

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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85). Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Founded by SF 49ers very own George Kittle, this year’s edition of National Tight Ends Day was a success

He’s been labeled as the next Rob Gronkowski, but let’s give SF 49ers tight end George Kittle some respect. George Kittle is unapologetically himself, which is why he’s a fan favorite among the Niner Faithful.

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National Tight Ends Day was accidentally created by Kittle’s best friend, who apparently never texts back (we all know someone), Jimmy Garoppolo:

"“We were on the sidelines after Celek’s score when Jimmy asked, ‘What is it, like National Tight Ends Day?'” Kittle recalled. “I was like, ‘yeah, it’s National Tight Ends Day. It’s a holiday. Tight ends all over the league are scoring touchdowns.’ That’s how it came to be. We just kind of rolled with it.” Added Garoppolo, “I was just trying to get them fired up. Then Celek goes and scores the first touchdown, so it worked pretty well.”"

Kittle has dealt with some injuries this season but he was active and mic’d up for his special holiday. But it was his performance on the field, which gave the unofficial holiday more meaning.

Against the Patriots, “The People’s Tight End” racked up 55 yards through the air. However, we know he’s most effective when it comes to the run game. With his help, the 49ers accumulated 197 yards with running back Jeff Wilson scoring three touchdowns and fullback Kyle Juszczyk adding another.

The tight end position is now a widely respected position across the league. Teams are finally realizing just how important the position is and if they can find someone like Kittle who can block, catch and run they’ve hit the jackpot.

Next. Rethinking 49ers' 2021 NFL Draft needs halfway through season. dark

The backside of the season should hopefully bring us more exciting stories. But for now, we can sit back, relax for a bit and appreciate how we’re actually watching SF 49ers football in 2020.