Today is when the real media circus begins as players and coaches alike hit the field at the Superdome for media day. Sunday and Monday's smaller media sessions were a mere warm up for today, yet they provided some equally interesting quotes and comments from the Harbaugh brothers and their players.
Jim Harbaugh talked (via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com) about Aldon Smith being named the winner of the Bill Wash Award and his son Jack's future in football. However, no comment was more interesting to me than than one Ed Reed made about Frank Gore.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Reed talked openly about his collegiate teammate and how he thinks Gore is the best running back he has ever played against:
Matt Maiocco @MaioccoNBCS
Ravens FS Ed Reed discussed weapons on the 49ers' offense, including "my boy Frank Gore, the best running back I’ve ever played against."2013-1-29 02:35:40
Surely it's no secret that both players have a history with one another, and Reed may just be saying that because of their relationship, but he may be onto something. As a third-round pick in the 2005 draft, Gore has managed to amass 8,839 yards rushing on 1,911 carries.
Not to mention he has scored 51 rushing touchdowns, a 49ers franchise record. Moreover, as a receiver, he has hauled in 315 passes for 2,631 yards and 10 touchdowns. 2012 was his sixth 1,000-yard season and his second 1,200-plus-yard season in a row.
No. 21 has never managed to gash the Ravens over the course of his eight-year career. Yet that doesn't mean Reed doesn't watch Gore from a far. Additionally, it's safe to assume both players stay in contact and keep an eye out for one another.
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