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49ers TE George Kittle reveals he’s excited to play in Mexico with Fun TikTok

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The NFL is returning to Mexico — for a game at least — and some are over the moon at the news.

The league announced Wednesday, May 4, that the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Arizona Cardinals on November 21 at the Estadio Azteca in one of five international games to be played during the 2022 season.

It promises to be a heated rehash of the 2005 Mexico showdown in which the Cardinals dominated the 49ers 31-14.

And SF tight end George Kittle already seems to be celebrating in his own way.

After the news broke, Kittle took to TikTok on Thursday, May 5, to express his excitement at his commute in a special way.

“A little excited to be playing Mexico this year,” Kittle commented on the video, then showed him wearing a Lucha Libre mask with the 49ers logo on it.

Kittle found more than a few supporters after posting the video on Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

“George Kittle is a national treasure,” said a 49ers fan account when posting the TikTok video.

“Thank you George Kittle for the continued support and celebration of our community,” author Shea Serrano tweeted.

“Check out how George Kittle got into work today,” said one fan.

San Francisco dropped the news of the game with a video of Kittle holding the Mexican flag, which was greeted with enthusiasm also from the fan base.

“Hello Fieles! George Kittle here,” said the terse end in the video, which was posted to the 49ers’ Twitter. “I don’t know if you heard the news – we’re coming to Mexico, baby!”

The 49ers will be the designated “street team” in Mexico during the Monday Night Football game.

Other international games include three in London and the league’s first Germany game, according to Yahoo Sports.

History didn’t favor the ‘Niners when they last faced off against the Cards under the lights of the Estadio Azteca.

Fans watched Arizona quarterback Josh McCown pass for 385 yards against SF’s lackluster pass defense. Not only did McCown have a tag, but so did Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers, who hit six field goals, a career best, ESPN reported.

“The Mexico City experience was wonderful, and that rounded it out,” Rackers told ESPN. “It was wonderful. They’re great fans, really into the game, more knowledgeable than I thought. It was probably the best crowd I’ve ever been to.”

Kittle made the news rounds in late April after expressing what kind of quarterback he hopes to lead the team next season. With Jimmy Garoppolo still on the team roster and backup QB Trey Lance the name on everyone’s lips, on April 25 Kittle offered his take on Brandon Marshall’s “I Am Athlete.”

“Honestly, I’m about 50-50, right in the middle,” Kittle said. “Jimmy, he’s a fantastic leader. We almost won a Super Bowl. We’ve been to the NFC Championship twice in three seasons. And then look at Trey – I think Trey has one of the tallest ceilings I’ve ever seen. Some of the things you see him do on the soccer field are like, “Holy cow. I can’t wait for him to throw passes to me.’”

Fans watched Arizona quarterback Josh McCown pass for 385 yards against SF’s lackluster pass defense. Not only did McCown have a tag, but so did Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers, who hit six field goals, a career best, ESPN reported.



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