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Kenyan Drake has a mentor in Frank Gore

The former 49ers running back could finish his career with the Miami Dolphins, his new role could be passing his skills on to a new generation.

Future Hall of Famer Frank Gore may not be the bell cow he has been known for when the season gets underway with his new team, the Miami Dolphins. Gore has a new role: mentor.

In an interview posted on the Miami Dolphins website, Gore has been complimentary of the running back room, notably Kenyan Drake who led the league in rushing for the last five games of the 2017 season. In the post, Gase mentions how he hopes Gore’s work ethic rubs off on Drake, but the more interesting quote is one from Gore himself:

“I can show him a lot of things, on and off the field, the way to be a pro,” Gore said. “Just show him the way I work and why I’ve lasted so long to play this game at a high level. When I watched him, he’s a very quick and fast guy. I think that one-two punch will be very nice for this team.”

When Frank Gore left the San Francisco 49ers, he was not overly pleased with not getting a chance to compete for the starting job with Carlos Hyde. He was not certain he would return, but he wanted to at least be told he would be able to compete for the role, and not just be named the backup. Gore went to the Indianapolis Colts and remained a feature back until the 2017 ended. The Colts announced they would not bring Gore back.

Training camp hasn’t started but it looks like Gore is finally accepting of sharing carries with and taking Kenyan Drake under his wing. It’s definitely worth the money, not even considering what he can do as a player on the field. Gore has been quoted as having a perspective similar to a football coach.

Gore will still give Drake a run for his money during training camp, but it seems like he’s fine with passing on his skills to a new generation.