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San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle is a fiery competitor who plays with near-unparalleled energy on the field.
Where does he get that energy from? By doing his best impression of the Joker, of course.
In a recent ESPN profile, Kittle described his affinity for the psychopathic Batman villain, and how he tries to emulate the baddie on the field.
“I don’t try to channel all the Joker, obviously, because he has some issues,” Kittle said, before “unleashing a diabolical laugh of his own” to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.
“Creating a little bit of chaos is just kind of what I try to do,” he said. “I’m just trying to be the most outgoing, craziest person on the field.”
How crazy? Ramming-his-head-into-a wall-before-games crazy, apparently.
According to Wagoner, Kittle’s “transformation” into the Joker isn’t complete until he “delivers a head-butt to a wall” while making his way onto the field. He does have a helmet on, for whatever that’s worth.
Kittle’s 49ers teammates are also slightly scared of his alter-ego. Wagoner writes that during a game against the Green Bay Packers last season, Kittle laughed so maniacally after pancaking a defender that his teammate Weston Richburg asked in the huddle, “What the f— is wrong with you, dude?”
Heath Ledger’s Joker is Kittle’s favorite version of the character, and he got a tattoo of the iconic villain on his forearm the day before his wedding.
“At first, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s the worst idea you’ve ever had. I hate that,'” wife Claire told Wagoner. “But then after he had explained to me all of the meaning behind it and then seeing it in person, it’s actually really cool. So I do really like it now.”
You can read the full ESPN profile here.
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