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George Kittle, star tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, maintains a strong connection to his alma mater, the University of Iowa. Alongside his wife Claire, a former Hawkeyes basketball player, Kittle often returns to Iowa City to support the university’s sports teams.

During the March Madness tournament, they attended a game featuring Caitlin Clark, engaging with the excitement and energy she and her teammates brought to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“She’s incredibly personable. She’s charismatic. She’s just so authentic,” Kittle told Fox News Digital while discussing his new ad with Fast Twitch. “She doesn’t fake anything. She’s very interested in everything you’re talking about. She’s great to have a conversation with. You can tell how much she loves her teammates.”

After Caitlin Clark’s standout performance, George Kittle had the opportunity to meet the women’s basketball star in Iowa’s training room. It was there that he observed the genuine character he had previously praised.

“We were hanging out in the training room after the game just to get away from the crowd a little bit,” he recalled. “She comes in, hugs all the athletic trainers, talks to everybody, talks to us a little bit, and you just see how much people care for her. She has this incredible reputation that she’s built day in and day out. So, she’s done that and just so excited for her.”