Celebrate your favorite NFL tight ends on Sunday
It started in 2018 when San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
While congratulating his tight end, the QB started a phenomenon that would eventually spread through the league and become National Tight End Day, which is this Sunday, October 27, according to the 49ers.
The “National Tight End Day” celebration had become a recurring theme and celebration in the 49ers locker room. According to San Fran’s TE George Kittle, it’s an internal motivator.
“We were on the sidelines after Celek’s score when Jimmy asked, ‘What is it, like National Tight End Day?'” Kittle recalled, according to the 49ers. “I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s National Tight End Day. It’s a holiday. Tight ends all over the league are scoring touchdowns.’ That’s how it came to be. We just kind of rolled with it.”
The NFL caught wind of the celebrations and christened the final Sunday in the month of October as National Tight End Day.
“It’s awesome that we’re finally recognizing it on October 27,” Kittle said.
The NFL Films website also had a lighthearted take on the holiday, saying that it’s rumored that football fan President John F. Kennedy originally decreed it and the idea was “shelved for decades.”
Tight ends across the league will pay respect to previous tight ends by donning throwback jerseys. Kittle will wear custom cleats before to recognize various tight ends across the league. He’ll also wear a “National Tight End Day” T-shirt that will be available for fans at the 49ers’ stadium. A portion of the proceeds will go to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.