NFL Legend Frank Gore Training for Boxing and 'Trying to Make a Fight Happen'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 19, 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: Frank Gore #21 of the New York Jets reacts following a reception during the fourth quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Longtime NFL running back Frank Gore reportedly turned down offers during the offseason to focus on a potential boxing career.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Sunday that Gore, 38, "politely declined" proposals from teams, but he hasn't ruled out a return to the NFL.

"I've been training for both—football and boxing," Gore said. "I've always loved boxing, so that's what I've been doing. And we're trying to make a fight happen. If we do that, you'll see me in the ring."

The Miami native spent the 2020 season with the New York Jets, which marked his third different AFC East team in as many years. He played for his hometown Miami Dolphins in 2018 and the Buffalo Bills in 2019.

Gore started his career as a third-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. After 10 years with the Niners, he joined the Indianapolis Colts for three seasons beginning in 2015.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection ranks third in NFL history with 16,000 rushing yards, and he's scored 100 total touchdowns (81 rushing, 18 receiving and one fumble recovery) across 241 regular-season games.

His 3.5 yards per carry for the Jets last season was the lowest mark of his career, though. It was only a tick higher (3.6) the previous year with the Bills.

At least for now, the University of Miami product has enjoyed his foray into the world of boxing and plans to eventually take on a fight.

"I just fell in love with how hard it is," Gore told Rapoport. "I felt like, 'Man, I couldn't fight.' And I always like a challenge. So I kept doing it and doing it and I saw myself getting better and better."

He added: "You'll see when I get in the ring."

Celebrity boxing matches have become major events in recent years, so Gore shouldn't have much trouble getting on a card once he feels ready for a bout.

That said, he didn't completely close the door on joining an NFL roster if the right offer comes along during the 2021 campaign.