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George Kittle uses old Jimmy Garoppolo photos as Zoom backgrounds during 49ers meetings, says Kyle Juszczyk

May 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM--

Having custom backgrounds has become commonplace during Zoom video conferences. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle may have us all beat, though, according to fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

"People love throwing up old pictures as their backgrounds," Juszczyk said on Tuesday during a video conference with reporters. "Kittle is the king of it—as you would imagine—of always keeping things light, putting up pictures of Jimmy (Garoppolo) from middle school or high school prom or whoever it is.

"We have a good time with it, but then we always buckle down. We get a lot of really good work in. It's been super refreshing, to be totally honest with you, how much work we have been getting done in these Zoom meetings, how much I've been able to learn going into my eighth year, and playing in this offense for quite a while now."

The NFL recently sent a memo to teams stating that offseason programs must continue to be conducted virtually through at least the end of May. This is, of course, due to continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact much of the nation.

Juszczyk also revealed that Kittle's choice of backgrounds isn't the only surprise during the team's various virtual meetings.

"Kyle loves to come in an interrupt (virtual position group meetings)," Juszczyk shared, "crack some jokes, and just kind of keep things loose. Really, just check in with us on a personal level, and just see how everyone is doing, what's going on at home, kind of get away from the football for a second."

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