Dolphins sign veteran running back Frank Gore

Miami native Frank Gore will return to his hometown after signing a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Gore, 34 spent the past three years with the Indianapolis Colts gained at least 900 yards on the each season.

Gore is a Coral Gables High School product who starred at the University of Miami from 2001-2004, despite encountering knee trouble in the form of a torn ACL in 2002 and again in 2003. Not only did Gore have to overcome knee injuries to achieve his NFL dream, he had to beat out running backs Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Najeh Davenport.

Gore was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in third round of the 2005 NFL draft, and was the sixth running back off the board. Gore has amassed 14,026 yards on the ground in his NFL career, which is fifth on the NFL’s career-rushing list. Gore needs just 76 yards to pass Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin to claim the fourth spot.

Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake figures to be the featured running back in 2018, but the opportunity to glean knowledge from a future Hall of Fame running back has to be intriguing for the third-year running back.

Drake is no stranger to taking advice from veteran running backs who have performed at a high level. Prior to Arian Foster’s retirement, he gladly took on a role as a big brother to Drake who had fashioned parts of his game after Foster.

Foster affectionately referred to Drake as his “little young’n,” and gave him tips on running outside zone. Drake, who is immensely talented is coachable and will have no qualms about listening to a running back who has been, where he’s trying to go.

Gore scored his lone touchdown at Hard Rock Stadium in Week 16 of the 2015 season to help the Colts knock off the Dolphins 18-12. Hopefully he’ll score a few more in the aqua and orange in 2018 to help the Dolphins improve on last season’s 6-10 record.

 

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.