Frank Gore signed by the Dolphins to contribute and be a mentor

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 10: Frank Gore
MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 10: Frank Gore /
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Miami Hurricanes alum Frank Gore was signed by the Dolphins to contribute at running back and to mentor starting running back Kenyan Drake. Gore is still contributing despite the fact he will turn 35 in May.

Frank Gore has had productivity at an age when many running backs would already be eligible for the Hall of Fame. He’s a freak of nature for a player who started his career recovering from a torn ACL twice. When his career is over Gore will be the first Miami Hurricanes running back inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Gore enters the 2018 season fifth all-time in the NFL in rushing yards. He needs just 76 yards to pass Curtis Martin for fourth. It’s a remarkable accomplishment with the injuries Gore sustained early in his career.

Gore first tore his ACL and MCL during spring practice at Miami in 2002. He tore it again in a game against West Virginia in 2003.

Gore was the likely starter heading into the 2002 season. He was stellar backing up Clinton Portis in 2001. Gore finished the Hurricanes National Championship season with 562 yards, averaged 9.1 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns.

Gore and Willis McGahee would have given the Hurricanes a nearly unstoppable backfield. Gore was never truly himself again until he ran for 945 yards and eight touchdowns with the Hurricanes in 2004.

He comes to the Dolphins at the end of his Hall of Fame career as a still productive player. Gore worked with Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase who was a 49ers assistant in 2008. Gase is still impressed by what Gore can accomplish for the Phins this season.