One secret to 49er Frank Gore’s continued success

When the 49ers took then University of Miami running back Frank Gore in the third round of the 2005 draft – then coach Mike Nolan believed Gore’s career could be brilliant but brief.

Citing his two knee constructions in college, Nolan never envisioned Gore rushing for back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons in Gore’s 7th and 8th years in the league. In truth, no one could predict that for Gore or any other running back.

The secret to Gore’s improbable longevity?


While training in his native Miami for the last two years, Gore hits the mitts with fellow boxers at a local gym. And as this video reflects, he makes it look like he’s a pro. So could boxing be Gore’s next career?

“No,” he said. “It’s different when you are hitting the mitts than when you are fighting, especially with somebody who has been doing it all their life.”

However, Gore is likely to keep up his pugilistic training because its stop-and-start nature readies him for his own sport.

“It’s like three minutes on, 30 seconds rest,” he said. “It’s like football.”

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