The visit to Mexico has not gone unnoticed at the San Francisco 49ers training camp. As a preamble to the different events that will take place over the next few months for members of the NFL franchise, stellar tight end George Kittle and running back Elijah Mitchell were “happy” and “excited” for what will be the historic Monday Night at the Azteca stadium.
“I’ve never played outside the country, I’m really excited for this game. I also know that the fans are great, I hope to see that stadium painted in red and gold the colors of the 49ers,” said Kittle in a press conference for Mexican media.
“As I said before, I know the deal is like a Super Bowl. I’m grateful to be able to play in front of the fans in the biggest city in terms of NFL fans in the world,” added one of the Bay Area team’s key players.
Beyond feeling admiration for Mexican culture, where the TE acknowledged that he likes tequila and wrestling, he hopes to serve as an inspiration for children who see him as a role model: “I thought soccer players were my favorite superheroes, too. If there’s a kid watching this who believes the same thing I do, I promise I’m not going to let them down.”
Kittle explained that for the moment he has not prepared “any special celebration” in case he scores against Arizona’s defense on November 21 at the Coloso de Santa Ursula.
For his part, Elijah Mitchell was also happy with the idea of traveling to Mexico to play one of their divisional clashes in the 2022 season: “I am confident that we have an important team, I can’t wait to get these guys and play in front of the Mexican fans”.
At least for the time being, neither wanted to delve into Mexico City’s altitude and how they will try to control it.
THEY TRUST TREY LANCE
The head coach of the 49’s had already confirmed it and now his best player does it: “We are Trey’s team”.
Despite the doubts generated by the second-year quarterback, there is optimism within the San Francisco franchise for the development that Trey Lance can have in what will be his first season as a starter.
After a 2021 apprenticeship, the 22-year-old will now have to take the reins of the offense. “It’s a matter of time for him to progress as a player. He just has to,” said tight end, George Kittle.
The #85 was questioned about comparisons that put Lance with the same skill set as NFL superstars like Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
“It’s too early for that. I honestly believe in Trey, he has all the attributes of a fantastic quarterback. I’ve seen him make some plays I’ve never seen before. Every game that goes by he’ll be raising his level, that’s what we’re hoping for. Maybe one day we’ll be able to make those comparisons,” he explained.
Lance will take over the starting job behind center for the 49ers following the departure of Jimmy Garoppolo, who will become the backup.