George Kittle breaks NFL record to close out 2018 season
In the last game of the 2018 season, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle set a new NFL record.
Kittle finished the campaign with 1,377 receiving yards, the highest single-season total for a tight end in league history. The previous record was held by Rob Gronkowski, who had 1,327 yards in 2012. Travis Kelce also had a big year, tallying 1,336 receiving yards.
This was Kittle’s second season in the NFL.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 31, 2018
Kittle needed a huge performance to break the league record, and he did exactly that. In the season finale against the Rams, the tight end caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
In just two years, Kittle has quickly become one of the top tight ends in the NFL.
While at Iowa, Kittle was known more as a blocker than a pass-catcher, but he’s quickly changed that narrative at the professional ranks. As a Hawkeye, Kittle had 48 receptions for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns in four years.
Kittle was a Pro Bowl selection this season.