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.