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Frank Gore is the only reason to watch ‘Thursday Night Football’ in Week 15

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Frank Gore will never retire!

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday Night Football is terrible and the NFL really should get rid of it if they care about player safety. But if you’re looking for an excuse to watch it, you can see the Indianapolis Colts take on the Denver Broncos and, if the trends continue, Frank Gore carry the rock quite a few times.

Gore, 34, hasn’t slowed down a bit, and is looking at rushing for 1,000 yards for what seems like the 1,000th time. He currently leads the Colts with 762 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, on 210 attempts. Gore has a 3.6 yards-per-carry average, and while that’s not his best ever, he’s still playing quite well.

He also rushed the ball 36 times in the snow against the Buffalo Bills the last time out. Following that game, Gore said he felt good, though it’s hard to imagine he wasn’t feeling at least a little bit winded. Over at the Indianapolis Star, they have some good quotes from Gore, who talks about his “smart running” and how he finds the “soft spots” in opposing defenses.

Gore has sounded, at times, like he plans on retiring soon, perhaps at the end of the 2017-18 season. But as noted in the article above, Gore has changed his tune recently, talking about playing on through the 2018 season and maybe even beyond.

I certainly don’t want to see Gore play if he’s not passionate about it. But the guy is oozing passion from pore. I’ll root for him harder than I’ve ever rooted for a player in any sport, every single time he sees the field until he decides he’s done enough to call it a career.