Frank Gore is a one-man wrecking crew who’s quite adept at instilling fear in the eyes of his detractors.
Just ask the teams that passed him 64-times over in the 2005 NFL draft.
After an underrated rookie campaign, Gore reeled off four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, including 1,695 yards and a dominant 5.4-per-carry-average in 2006.
Opponents last season witnessed him rush for over 1,200 yards and earn a third Pro Bowl nod at the age of 28.
Fast-forwarding to 2012, things look even more frightening for the opposition.
Now with a complementary back in Kendall Hunter at his side, opponents facing the San Francisco 49ers will experience as scary a backfield tandem as any in the NFL.
As a lockout-deprived rookie in 2011, Hunter rushed for an impressive 473 yards and two touchdowns, not to mention an additional 195 yards receiving.
Mr. Gore is not alone anymore.
He now has an underrated and like-minded running mate who seeks the approval of the NFL as Gore had in his second year.
Let’s examine the four factors that will deem this tandem a fearsome duo in 2012.