San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is a proven talent on the gridiron. That’s why it’s more than a good sign he’s got such positive things to say about one of the newest Lions, rookie Sam LaPorta.
Both former Iowa Hawkeyes, of course they never shared the field but Kittle is familiar with LaPorta’s game. Scott Dochterman, who covers Iowa football for The Athletic, tweeted out on Monday evening a great quote from the All-Pro NFL tight end:
Former Iowa TE George Kittle on fellow former Iowa TE Sam LaPorta:— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) May 22, 2023
"Just watching him work out, the way he moves, he's got a great forward lean, great burst out of his breaks, great hands and he's eager, too. Sam's gonna be just fine. He's gonna make some big plays this year." pic.twitter.com/aM7Zvyz695
This isn’t the first time Kittle has taken a shining to a fellow Iowa grad turned Lion. He and former Lion turned Minnesota Viking T.J. Hockenson were well known to be pals — I invite you to relive the beauty that was this commercial.
And onto the rest of your notes.
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The NFL has announced that the 2025 NFL Draft will be in Green Bay. pic.twitter.com/MY19ieXzkJ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2023
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