Frank Gore living up to his reputation
Gore isn’t just superb in one game and lacks in the other, he plays every game with equal enthusiasm. On October 13, he made an impressive career achievement by making over 2,000 carries in his career.
The reason why he keeps getting the ball over his eight year career is because gets yards every time. He is at the top spot for yardage in this season with 487 rushing yards during the past five weeks.
Roger Craig, retired running back for the Minnesota Vikings said that Gore definitely played with determination.
"Frank doesn't play like he's hungry - he plays like he's starving," he said. "He runs with a lot of tenacity and resilience."
Gore isn’t just another running back in the NFL because he not only has talent but has the determination to give his all in every game. Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson is the only one in the game who has more yards and carries than Gore.
Craig still watches the 49ers play and noticed how Gore played.
"He's not a big target, so you don't get a good clean shot on him," he said. "He stays low and his shoulders are always squared. Any time a running back keeps his shoulders squared, he protects himself and doesn't take really vicious hits.”
Craig said that Gore not only played well, he played smart as well.
"Frank is smart, he's patient and he knows how to use his blocks. A lot of running backs don't set up their blocks - they just run through the hole,” Craig observed. “Frank has a knack for setting up his blocks, and he's patient enough to hit the hole at full speed while staying really low."
There is also another interesting thing that Gore added to his practice regime to improve and that is boxing. He has been doing it for the past 3 years and said that it helps.
"It's a different kind of conditioning - constantly moving, having your hands up, moving for three minutes and then resting for 30 seconds," he said. "Sometimes, between (football) plays, you see a lot of guys huffing and puffing. And I'm just breathing slowly. Boxing helps me with my breathing."