George Kittle recalls Anthony Hitchens bullying him at Iowa practice

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Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens was a starter at Iowa in 2012 when a freshman named George Kittle showed up. Kittle was a backup whose primary job was playing on the scout team, and he’s motivated by some of those memories.

Kittle said he’s looking forward to going after Hitchens and fellow Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann, who also played at Iowa, and Kittle noted that Hitchens in particular used to get the better of him on the Hawkeyes’ practice field.

“I’m looking forward to block the Iowa linebackers, Niemann and Hitchens,” Kittle said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “Hitch used to bully me in practice when I was on scout team in Iowa, so I’m going to give it back to him a couple times.”

Not many people can bully Kittle now that he’s one of the best tight ends in the NFL. But he hasn’t forgotten the time when he was the freshman getting pushed around on the practice field.

39 responses to “George Kittle recalls Anthony Hitchens bullying him at Iowa practice

  1. Not a Niners fan at all…but, who isn’t a fan a Kittle! Guy plays the game the way it used to be played. Hard nosed, running over guys, refusing to go down. I feel sorry for the guys who bullied that dude..Run Hitch..lol

  2. @1phillyphan Im a Rams fan and I love the dude. Some people just play the game the right way and are a joy to watch!

  3. jackedupboonie says:
    January 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    If he bullied him, shouldn’t the league look into it?

    He doesn’t mean he was literally “bullied”. He means bullied around on the field like couldn’t hold his block on the edge.

  4. charliecharger says:
    January 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    I don’t think anyone was bullying Nick Bosa when he was a freshman, and there were a lot of studs at Ohio State.

    Probably not, but if you mess with Nick Bosa, you’re messing with the family.

  5. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    January 25, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    Blah blah blah..

    Niners 52 Chiefs 38
    _________________

    The only way Niners score 52 is if they abandon the run game and win in the air. That ain’t happening.

  6. The only way Niners score 52 is if they abandon the run game and win in the air. That ain’t happening

    __________________________________________

    Oh look another person who clearly didn’t start watching football till the playoffs. Niners won through the air on multiple occasions this year. Next.

  7. I love Kittle. He’d play with a leather helmet if they let him.

    He also just loved football and likes all the other Tight Ends, too.

    No matter what happens, this dude is going to play hard and cash an enormous check next season!

  8. The Chiefs can’t stop Mostert and still double team Samuel, Kittle and Sanders! It may be a long day for the Chiefs defense! Of course, SF has to stop Mahommes, Kelce and Hill! Expect a high scoring game with Gould winning the game and MVP 45-42!

  9. “Oh look another person who clearly didn’t start watching football till the playoffs. Niners won through the air on multiple occasions this year. Next.”
    ———————————-
    Oh look another person who has no idea what the strengths of the KC defense are. The Niners are not hanging 50 on the Chiefs. Next.

  10. Now that Kittle has exposed himself as a bullied victim and admits to having desires of violent retribution against his bulliers the anti-NFL snowflakes should demand he not be allowed to play because it paints a negative picture that violence is ok in this context. (Sarc)

  11. It’s funny cause as much as Kelce wants/tries to be like Gronk, it’s actually Kittle who reminds me more of Gronk than anyone.

  12. “It’s funny cause as much as Kelce wants/tries to be like Gronk, it’s actually Kittle who reminds me more of Gronk than anyone.”
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    What’s funny to me is anyone besides Pats fans buying in to Gronk as the gold standard for the position. Before Gronk, there was Gonzalez. Was Gronk trying to be like Tony G?

    Kelce isn’t trying to be like Gronk. Kelce is trying to be like Kelce and leave the “who’s the best” chatter to fans and sports talking heads.

  13. jackedupboonie says:
    January 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    If he bullied him, shouldn’t the league look into it?

    This better be a joke

  14. thefiesty1 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    The Chiefs can’t stop Mostert and still double team Samuel, Kittle and Sanders! It may be a long day for the Chiefs defense! Of course, SF has to stop Mahommes, Kelce and Hill! Expect a high scoring game with Gould winning the game and MVP 45-42!

    Lmao what when has a kicker EVER won the mvp? You watch too much Mike Florio

  15. “If he bullied him, shouldn’t the league look into it?

    This better be a joke”

    It’s clearly a joke. Half of the people here are terrible at detecting sarcasm.

  16. Best TE in the league. Kittle is going to have a big day on super Bowl Sunday. KC’s linebackers will be a non factor. Niners are bringing home number 6.

  17. Kevin Lanflisi says:
    January 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm
    thefiesty1 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    The Chiefs can’t stop Mostert and still double team Samuel, Kittle and Sanders! It may be a long day for the Chiefs defense! Of course, SF has to stop Mahommes, Kelce and Hill! Expect a high scoring game with Gould winning the game and MVP 45-42!

    Lmao what when has a kicker EVER won the mvp? You watch too much Mike Florio

    Actually, there was a kicker to win a SB MVP, Mark Moseley in 1982.

  18. Not sure what Kittle is best at , football or self promotion since he’s so good at both . Didn’t realize the Iowa connection so it’s going to be fun watching how this plays out .

  19. “What’s funny to me is anyone besides Pats fans buying in to Gronk as the gold standard for the position. Before Gronk, there was Gonzalez. Was Gronk trying to be like Tony G?”
    ———————–
    Gonzalez was never really the gold standard for the position. He, (like Kelce come to think of it) was a glorified receiver – didn’t block well, hated that part of the game. Everyone acknowledged his obvious skill, but there was always that criticism out there.

    Gronk and Kittle are both excellent at that, and use their strength well. They are more complete players. Kittle is the obvious – if less cro-magnon-like – heir to the Gronk legacy. Only a Chiefs fan would fail to notice this.

  20. “Oh look another person who clearly didn’t start watching football till the playoffs. Niners won through the air on multiple occasions this year. Next.”

    Oh look another person who clearly didn’t watch football at all this year. While the 9ers did hit 50 or come close, they did it against bad defenses (Carolina and N.O.). The closest anyone came to hanging 50 on KC was 35 points by Tennessee. KC’s secondary is not going to let that happen. When you think of what the 49ers do best, lighting it up through the air is not it. They may have won a game or two through the air, but, they are not a teams that is going to light it up. They run, play defense, and control the clock. They cannot and will not be able to keep up with the Chiefs if they try to play the Chiefs game.

  21. The 49er defense knows that Kelce can and will throw a devastating block with regularity. If they don’t know it all they have to do is watch tape of him doing so.

    When Gronk or Kittle haul in 1000 plus yards in four consecutive seasons, let the rest of us know, okay?

  22. rypsrifle11 says:
    January 26, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Lmao what when has a kicker EVER won the mvp? You watch too much Mike Florio

    Actually, there was a kicker to win a SB MVP, Mark Moseley in 1982.

    Man, you people will believe ANYTHING! Montana won the superbowl mvp in the 1982 superbowl, and John Riggins in the 1983 superbowl (1982 season).

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