It’s hard to believe Frank Gore is 36-years old by watching him at Bills minicamp.
The veteran running back is getting ready for his 15th season in the league but doesn’t look the part.
Gore looks as powerful and quick as backs nearly half his age and still has a spring to his step even when practicing.
“Like I told my coaches, why not have fun when you come out?”
Does Gore still have enough in the tank to make an impact when the season rolls around? We’ll see.
One thing is certain, his leadership is infectious and doesn’t go unnoticed.
“I try to come out here and have fun and show the young guys why I’m still here,” Gore said.
Devin Singletary is one of those young guys Frank is talking about. The rookie has already learned valuable lessons from Gore.
“Never get comfortable and every day come in and work,” Singletary said. “He’s 36 and going on his 14th or 15th year and he’s still coming in like he’s my age ready to work.”
Frank’s teachings are not just for his teammate on offense. Gore faced the Bills defense last season when he was with the Dolphins and shared some insight with linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
“He could be a top linebacker in the league. He’s very big and very fast… he just needs to keep studying his backs and know that every back is different and he will take a big jump in this league.”
Leadership is a big reason Frank was brought to Buffalo but make no mistake the coaching staff believes the 36-year old can still get the job done between the lines.
“We were just kind of working our runs and he got in there and gave us some good juice,” Sean McDermott said. “The energy that comes from that, the guys know, he’s all about ball.”
Retired Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams faced Gore several times during his career and had high praise for the veteran.
“He’s a guy I would have loved to have played with because of the amount of respect I have for him, for how tough he is and how he’s done it at such a high level for so long.”