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Gore loves the grunt work

  • 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.

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

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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.?


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