NAPA ? Over the past three seasons, 49ers running back Frank Gore has rushed for 3,833 yards and caught a team-high 157 passes.
That?s the easy part of his job, Gore said Tuesday.
?In this league, anybody can run the ball and catch the ball,? Gore said. ?Coach (Tom Rathman) really coaches us up. He tells us, ?I want tough guys.?
49er/Raiders Training Camp
The Raiders and the 49ers practiced together at the Raiders Napa training camp on Tuesday.
Raider linebacker Ricky Brown beats the 49ers fullback Bill Rentmeester in one-on-one drills.
Raider coach Tom Cable at training camp in Napa.
Raiders coach Tom Cable entered the field in a good mood in spite of news he punched and injured an assistant coach.
Raider linebacker Kirk Morrison runs into the brick wall that was Frank Gore at training camp on Tuesday.
Raiders coach Tom Cable watches the offense run drills.
49ers running back Frank Gore hammers Raiders linebacker Rickey Brown during one-one-one drills at the Napa training camp.
49ers running back Frank Gore steps over Raiders linebacker Rickey Brown after slamming him to the ground in one-on-one drills.
49ers running back Frank Gore flattens Raiders linebacker Rickey Brown.
49ers running back Frank Gore has to restrained and cooled down by offensive coach Jimmy Raye after he was kicked out of the one-on-one drills against the Raiders.
Shawn Hill hands off to Frank Gore during drills at training camp on Tuesday.
Raider linebacker Morion Greenwood blocks 49ers fullback Moran Norris in one-on-one drills.
49er quarterbacks Shawn Hill, left, and Alex Smith take a break from drills at training camp.
Raiders offensive lineman look at the play during drills at training camp.
49er Coach Mike Singletary talks with Arnaz Battle during punt return drills.
49er Coach Mike Singletary watches the practice with the Raiders from the sidelines.
Alex Smith runs passing drills under the eye of offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, left.
49er quarterback Alex Smith talks with Raider Kirk Morrison during a break from drills at spring training on Tuesday.
49er safety Reggie Smith blocks Raider WR Todd Watkins during punt return drills at training camp.
Gore demonstrated his toughness within moments of the opening bell of the 49ers? first of four practices with the Raiders. In a one-on-one blitz pickup drill, Gore locked up with Raiders fourth-year linebacker Ricky Brown and planted him on his back. Just a few moments later, Gore easily disposed of fifth-player player Kirk Morrison.
Uncharacteristically, Gore kept going at Morrison after the play?s conclusion. He had to be held back, and coach Mike Singletary had some words with his best offensive player.
?I told Frank I?ll put him on the bus if he does that again,? Singletary said. ?But he did a nice job.?
Gore was in a feisty mood, all right. And Rathman liked what he saw.
?If you don?t have the willingness and the mean streak, it?s going to be tough to excel at that job as a pass blocker,? Rathman said. ?And we?re trying to develop that here.?
Gore?s prowess as a playmaker is well-known, but he also takes a lot of pleasure in performing the duties that do not show up on his stat line.
?Frank is a guy who gets excited about what he?s doing,? Singletary said. ?His heart, his emotion and his enthusiasm are what this game is all about.?