Frank Gore, NFL's Most Durable Back?
Jun/05/15 08:21 AM Filed in: Frank Gore
Dave Dameshek at NFL.com rates the best sets of offensive trios -- or 'triplets' -- in the league. The Colts' version of Andrew Luck, Frank Gore and T.Y. Hilton comes in at No. 4.
It's crazy to think Gore is pro football's most durable success story when knee injuries kept the prodigy off the field more often than not during his days at the U. Even at the decrepit age of 32, 1,100 yards and a half-dozen TDs seem like a sure bet for his first run in Indy, as he provides the theoretical balance the pass-first (and -second and -third) Colts offense has sought. Don't worry, though, fantasy fans: Luck will continue to fulfill your dreams ... and Hilton's, too.
Accompanying that list is the 'sweetest Triplets' of the Super Bowl era. The Colts' Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James come in at No. 10, three spots behind a more recent Manning group with the Denver Broncos (Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas).
• Alex Marvez at Fox Sports considers the Indianapolis Colts' signing of Gore one of the NFL's 10 critical offseason acquisitions.
After striking out on 2012 first-round pick Trent Richardson, the Colts went the free-agent route to snare Gore from San Francisco and Philadelphia after the 49ers' all-time leading rusher was poised to sign with the Eagles.
• Robert Mays at Grantland ponders which NFL players could best duplicate the efforts of Stephen Curry in the NBA -- that is, going from a perennial All-Star to MVP caliber in one season. Is it Luck's turn?
Rewarding the new guy is always appealing, and this really does feel like the culmination of what we've been waiting for with Luck for the past three years. The Colts went big this offseason, and with the offseason arrivals of Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, and Phillip Dorsett, the armory Luck has at his disposal is getting ridiculous. It doesn't take much imagination to envision him scratching the 5,000-yard mark while sniffing 50 touchdowns as Indy wins 12 games. We want the phenom to match our impossible expectations, and plenty of signs point to this being the season in which Luck does that and maybe even more.