George Kittle, Travis Kelce officially launch Tight End University

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) greets Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) greets Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The 49ers’ George Kittle and the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, pairing with former NFL star Greg Olsen, just launched their Tight End University.

The self-proclaimed creator of “National Tight End Day,” San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, is continuing to make his position gain even more prominence within NFL ranks.

Joining forces with former NFL legendary tight end Greg Olsen and the Kansas City Chiefs‘ own tight end, Travis Kelce, Kittle’s next endeavor is to successfully launch Tight End University.

Maybe they could have thought of a more unique name, perhaps. But it’s simple and effective.

Anyway, the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee, is intended to bring together tight ends from around the league in an attempt to work on technique, watch film, work out and touch on a number of other factors and X-factors facing players playing at the position, according to

All with the intention of making tight ends even more important in the ever-changing world of pro-level offenses.

Said Kittle, via the team’s website:

"My goal is to bring all these guys together. Tight end is a position where you have to run block, pass pro, run routes, catch the ball, run routes on DB’s, you have to get to the second level on linebackers, run routes against safeties – like, you kind of have to do everything. So why not bring all the world’s best to one location and then learn from each other."

More than 40 tight ends from across the league are attending, according to the story, and Kittle is even welcoming out two of his fellow teammates, Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner.

The one tight end George Kittle, Travis Kelce didn’t invite

Whether or not you’re excited about former NFL quarterback and brief minor league baseball star Tim Tebow making a comeback with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end is up to you.

But Tebow, who hasn’t played in the league since 2012, seems to have an inside track towards stealing a spot on the rebuilding Jags’ 53-man roster.

Yet Kittle, Kelce and Olsen elected not to invite him.

According to Kittle, it wasn’t out of spite, rather the fact there weren’t enough spots to simply invite everybody who wanted to attend.

Kittle said as much on the Pardon My Take Podcast (h/t 49ers Webzone):

"Nothing against Tim Tebow, but I found it hard to invite — I wish nothing but the best for Tim Tebow, and I hope he has a fantastic season playing tight end — but it’s hard for me not to invite a backup tight end on, let’s say the New York Giants, as opposed to inviting a guy who just started playing the tight end position because we do have limited spots."

Kittle went into further detail about why there wasn’t enough room, including booking hotels and meals while also wanting to give players who’ve spent more time at the position a better chance.

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Perhaps Tebow will find himself contributing in a major way for the Jaguars this season. If so, one could probably assume Tight End University extends the invite to him in 2022.

In the meantime, however, here’s to hoping TEU winds up being a massive success for Kittle, Kelce and Olsen.

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