As one of the founding fathers of "National Tight End Day," George Kittle has always served as a strong advocate for his position.
Whenever he's been given the opportunity, Kittle has trumpeted the accomplishments of tight ends all over the league and done his best to ensure they aren't overlooked when talking about the most important positions in the league.
Despite those efforts, acknowledgement of tight ends still lagged behind when it came to one significant area: compensation.
So, it was only fitting that Kittle changed all of that on Friday when he signed a record-shattering five-year, $75 million contract extension with the Niners that makes him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.
Kittle's deal dwarfed the previous record long-term deal for the position -- the four-year, $42 million deal Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns in March -- and the highest value for a season, which was held by the Los Angeles Chargers' Hunter Henry, who is playing this season on the one-year franchise tag of $10.607 million.