The reason George Kittle had the wherewithal to grab Jauan Jennings’ first NFL touchdown football in Philadelphia was because someone did the same thing for him.
As a 49ers rookie, Kittle took advantage of the time he spent with Pierre Garçon, and not just the “dark place” he would go to for his game-day mentality. The All-Pro tight end did the same exact favor for Jennings that Garçon did for him just five years ago.
“I learned that from Pierre Garçon,” Kittle said on Thursday. “Pierre is a guy, if you go back you can watch every touchdown from the first two seasons he was here, he would be the first guy down there. He would wait for the guy to spike it or drop it and he would go pick it up and quietly hand it to one of our equipment managers.
“He did that three times. He would go get a ball for me when I was, ‘Damn, I wish I would have picked it up. I was spiking it having a good time not thinking about it, but they are fun memories, especially a first touchdown ball.”
Garçon told NBC Sports Bay Area that he remembers Kittle’s first touchdown as if it were yesterday. It was Week 5 of Kyle Shanahan’s debut season in 2017 and Brian Hoyer was the quarterback.
The 49ers put together a 14-play, 94-yard drive that was capped by a catch and dive…