Frank Gore had another game with a touchdown and helped the 49ers offense in a 34-3 win over the Texans on Sunday night. The 30-year old running back said he feeds off of the doubters and skeptics who think he is at the end of his career.
"I don't listen to [others]," Gore said after the game on Sunday. "I'm blessed to be here for nine years. When I was drafted, [people] said it was a bad pick. I'm hard working with the team comes and can do whatever it takes to win."
On Sunday, Gore carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards and had a touchdown run. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and sat out for the fourth quarter.
The common feeling about a running back who reaches the age of 30 is that he will fall from glory. . This includes examples of Marshall Faulk, Shaun Alexander and LaDainian Tomlinson who declined one they reached that age milestone.
For Gore, that isn't the case as he has been averaging at least four yards per carry in the last three games. The Packers ended up focusing on stopping the run in Week 1 and the 49ers trailed against the Seahawks with an inability create a flow on offense.
He fed off the doubt ever since he was drafted by the 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft. During the OTAs, Gore successfully named all running backs who were selected in front of him as he was a third round pick (65th overall). Ronnie Brown (2nd overall), Cedric Benson (4th overall), Carnell "Cadillac" Williams (5th overall), J.J. Arrington (44th overall) and Eric Shelton (54th overall) have not had the same success as Gore with four of them currently unemployed.
Gore has enjoyed success with six seasons of at least 1,000 yards or more and four seasons with at least eight touchdowns.
As a veteran, he doesn't need to take the entire load of carries with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James backing him up. He wants the team to succeed with success on the ground regardless of if he carries the ball or not. Gore has faith in his teammates.
"I respect all my guys," Gore said. "Kendall Hunter is a tough player and LaMichael James is a good player. Anthony Dixon is a good player and when Marcus [Lattimore] gets healthy, he’ll be a good player."
Gore took majority of the ground game, but with one of the greatest offensive lines creating holes for him, his job has become easier down hill. The 49ers will not need to worry about Gore becoming too old this season because of his hard work and ability to stay in shape.
Age is just a number for the nine-year veteran and it won't be slowing him down any time soon.