George Kittle's latest non-football hobby reminds us of Vernon Davis

Niners tight ends seem to gravitate toward the sport of curling.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

Remember how Vernon Davis fell in love with curling? Turns out the 49ers' current tight end, George Kittle, is doing the same.

History has a way of repeating itself.

You've probably heard this line before: A San Francisco 49ers tight end, known for his prowess and personality on the field, diversified his sports interest by getting into the niche sport of curling.

If you're instantly recalling longtime Niners star tight end Vernon Davis, you're correct. If you're thinking about current San Francisco tight end George Kittle, you're correct, too.

For those who are unfamiliar with the sport, curling involves a precise "toss" of a round stone on a sheet of ice toward other stones with the objective of getting close to a target on the other side of the sheet, all the while trying to block or knock another team's stones out of the way.

Pardon the ignorance, as the Canada-centric sport's terminology isn't exactly something this American knows well.

But, seriously. It is entertaining, especially when it's televised during the Winter Olympic games every four years.

George Kittle picks up where Vernon Davis left off with love of curling

Late in his own 49ers career, Davis began showing an affinity for curling, even going to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics to support Team USA.

It's still a sport Davis enjoys very much, and he's remained active in it ever since his retirement in 2020.

Now, Kittle is taking over at the most recent Niners player to fully endorse curling as his "second" sport. Or, maybe, his "third" sport behind pro wrestling. Kittle is a massive fan of that, too.

Earlier this offseason, Kittle partook in a curling group in Nashville, Tennessee, joining Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson and other current and former NFL stars in a friendly natured competition against other curling stars.

It's not hard to see just how much affinity Kittle has for the sport:

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While it's not totally clear if Kittle winds up being a curling star once his NFL playing days are over, at least he knows he can diversify his sporting interest.

Just how Davis did it when he was dominating the gridiron.

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