Turning 30 is something that a lot of people aren’t thrilled about, especially NFL running backs. With their 30th birthday, RBs are usually automatically viewed as ‘aging.’ It’s certainly discriminatory, but it’s accurate, because there’s data to back up the fall in production many backs experience.
Frank Gore is a RB who’s set to turn 30 next month, and with it, I’m sure there will be doubters. You watch, if he has a couple bad games early on next season, he’ll start getting labeled as old. It’s just the way things work in today’s sports culture.
But should the San Francisco 49ers really be worried? We are talking about a guy who’s rushed for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns the past two seasons.
I don’t think the 49ers should worry. Gore hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down, in fact, the last two years have been in the top-3 seasons of his career. His production has gone up, and that’s what you want to see.
At the same time, it should be noted that Gore’s contract expires in two years, and his future after that may not be as bright. We’ll have to see how things pan out, but he’ll have to perform extremely well in the next couple of years, for the franchise to want to re-sign a 32-year old RB.
For now, Gore will be the man for San Francisco in their backfield. I won’t be shocked a bit if he continues his upward trend, and racks up another 1,200 yards in 2013.
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