As Frank Gore enters his eighth season in the NFL, he has seen and been through it all as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Injuries, poor team performance and lack of leadership from coaching staffs have never hurt his spirit or ability to perform on game day.
His three Pro Bowl appearances and All-Pro selection speaks volumes as to where he is today and how he fought to get there.
After a horrific knee injury in 2002, many thought his successful playing days at the University of Miami were over, but Gore persevered and spent the following season recovering from the ACL tear. When he returned to action in 2003, he rattled off three straight 100-yard games to open the season and ended up averaging 5.3 yards per carry at season's end.
In 2004, which was his final season at Miami, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on just 197 carries. The productive season led him to the 49ers, where they used a third-round pick on him in the 2005 draft.
So, you may be asking, what attributes have helped him become an efficacious NFL running back? Well, after much time spent scrutinizing his play, I have found his top five attributes.