Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph thinks the world of Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore.
On Tuesday afternoon, Joseph lit up when he was asked about Gore during his daily media.
“I was in San Fran [coaching the San Francisco 49ers] when we drafted Frank Gore,” Joseph said. “He is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player. He’s 34 years old. He’s still going strong. He’s still running the ball like a young man. He’s making guys miss. He’s a north-south-style runner. He’s a great person. To watch Frank play well in his 30s is special.”
Gore is coming off his best game of the season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The 34-year-old running back carried the ball 36 times for 130 yards in a blizzard, bringing his season totals to 210 carries for 762 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In his career, Gore has 3,175 carries for 13,827 yards, 77 touchdowns and a respectable 4.4 yards per-carry average. He also has 435 career receptions for 3,606 yards and 16 touchdowns. The former Miami Hurricanes star ranks fifth on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards and career carries lists.
According to Joseph, Gore’s longevity and greatness can be attributed to the five-time Pro Bowl selection’s football IQ.
“It’s very, very high,” Joseph said of Gore’s football IQ. “He’s comparable to [Pro Football Hall of Fame running back] Marshall Faulk when it comes to football IQ on a halfback position. He’s that smart in protections and as a route runner. He’s a special player.”