Frank Gore on What He Learned From Football

The running back is closing out his 13th NFL season and possibly his career.

Frank Gore
Frank Gore #23 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball against the Tennessee Titans. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Frank Gore, running back for the Indianapolis Colts, will be playing the last game of his 13th season on Sunday against the Houston Texans. It may also be the 34-year-old’s final NFL season. His career has been highly unlikely, as he played the last 12 years with two reconstructed knees and two reconstructed shoulders. There is not a single player in NFL history who has had major surgery on both knees and both shoulders and played one game. Gore has played 181 games since the last of the four surgeries. He has also not just played, but he has excelled. He is the fifth-leading rusher of all time with 13,858 yards. He has said that he wants to play in 2018 because he feels good and thinks he can help some young running backs. And just because he loves the game. Whether or not he plays in 2018, Gore is a candidate for the Hall of Fame down the road. He’s been playing football for thirty years, has learned a lot of lessons, and so he sat down with Sports Illustrated to discuss it all. He said after the surgeries, he told people he would never be outrushed by anyone. He proved that the second year. “How I did that … I don’t know. It’s not me. It’s God. God got me here. God and hard work. Respecting the game. Love, man. Love. Love the game. Love my teammates. Every time I get ready to strap up, show the world today that no one is better.” His advice is to love the game, find the guy who is better than everyone and then become better than him.

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