Sunday, September 9, 2007

SPORTSHYPE: The Running Back

He led the NFC in rushing last season and, after sitting out the preseason with a broken hand, 49ers running back Frank Gore is rested, refreshed, and ready to wreak havoc on opposing defenses this year.
NFL football has a number of exciting features, from the "vertical game" of the long pass to the unleashed savagery of the dominant defense, but there is nothing more exciting, more elementally fascinating, than the great running back who, long after his blockers have fallen to the wayside, continues his rampage with nothing more than speed, strength, and instinct. If he can avoid injury, Gore could join the ranks of the great runners. If you doubt, check this out:

Frank Gore tribute at Youtube

The true greats:

Walter Payton

Barry Sanders

Jim Brown (c'mon, post some video of this absolute monster to YouTube)

Hmmm.... after watching those guys, this kid's got a ways to go... but I'm rooting for him. Go Frank! Go Niners!

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