George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers learned a lot about the strategy and heart of a champion as they watched the Kansas City Chiefs walk away with the Lombardi Trophy after a 25-22 Chiefs victory.

The 49ers' George Kittle fought valiantly, but his efforts weren't enough as his adversary Travis Kelce and the Chiefs outshined Coach Kyle Shanahan's team late in the contest. This offseason, Kittle seems like a changed man. His offseason body transformation has suddenly become the talk of readers on X, giving 49ers fans hope for a better start to this fall's NFL season.

The news came amid talk of an intrigued-filled Brandon Aiyuk trade proposal. Still another trade proposal has the 49ers' popular deep threat landing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kittle should be ready to roll by the time the season comes around, which should be terrifying news for other teams in the AFC West.

Kittle Body Transformation, Revealed 

Kittle and the Hawkeyes.
Former Iowa tight end George Kittle with his wife Claire Kittle, a former Iowa basketball player, during a second-round women's NCAA Tournament game between Iowa and West Virginia. © Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK / USA TODAY NETWORK

Kittle's transformation was revealed by, and reportedly was the product of first having to rehab several nagging injuries.

The 49ers tight end Kittle dealt with a fractured rib, shoulder and toe issues, and a core muscle tear, all of which needed surgery. He explained on the Bussin' With the Boys podcast that he lost almost 30 pounds after the Super Bowl which made a significant change to his usual frame.

“I couldn't lift,” Kittle said. “I couldn't do any upper body because of my shoulder and my rib, and I couldn't do lower (body) because of my core surgery…I didn't lift from the Super Bowl until like almost mid-March.

“I went a month without doing anything, I wasn't supposed to do anything.”

Kittle's Offseason Struggle Was Not Easy 

The former Iowa Hawkeyes star said he had sky-high levels of anxiety because of his inability to work out.

He spoke with other NFL players about the challenges they went through with being unable to make it up to the gym and came away with plenty of deep thoughts on the subject, that helped him cope with the excruciating layoff. He said he's 100 percent now and ready to go after a challenging offseason that led him to discover more about himself, and the NFL stars who populate the world's preeminent league.

“I knew a bunch of guys that had gone through it,” Kittle said. “I called some people and they were like, ‘Hey, you're gonna feel great, just like the first month or so is going to suck, and after that, you're going to come back.”