After carrying the football an astounding 36 times at an age when most of his peers have long since retired, Frank Gore seemed puzzled about all the fuss. Asked how his body felt a day after a career-high number of rushing attempts in Sunday’s blizzard conditions in Buffalo, the Indianapolis Colts running back shrugged. “I’m straight,” the 34-year old veteran said, even with Thursday's game against Denver looming just four days later. His answer was so unexpected, so improbable that it immediately prompted follow-ups. Specifically: Huh!? What running back at Gore’s age runs the ball that many times? In eight inches of snow? With a defense stacking the line of scrimmage because passing the ball was, at best, an adventure? Also, what, exactly, is Gore made of? Titanium? “I guess it’s smart running,” said Gore, who ran the ball more times in one game than any back 34 or older since 1950, according to pro-football-reference.com. “I find the soft spots.” That way, Gore said, he doesn’t take as much of a pounding from the defense. Thirty-six carries. Ho, hum. Nothing to see here. Maybe the 36-carry, 130-yard rushing performance didn't seem worthy of celebration to Gore because, to him, that's what a running back’s day issupposed to look like. Gore is a throwback. Always has been. He’s always seen himself as an every-down running back, one equally comfortable picking up an oncoming middle-linebacker blitz or converting a fourth-and-inches. He’s a between-the-tackles runner who craves the respect of his teammates and opponents alike (and he routinely garners large doses of both).
Colts RB Frank Gore Says He’ll Return Next Year If There’s A Great Situation For Him
Indianapolis Star | Dec 13