After a long career in the NFL that most running backs would envy, 38-year-old Frank Gore is trying his hand at a new sport….boxing.
The NFL's third-leading rusher of all time has had calls from teams trying to fill void sin their running back room, but he has declined all offers for now because he hasn’t made up his mind if he still wants to keep on playing football. Gore says despite his doubt, he is training for both sports.
"I've been training for both -- football and boxing," Gore told Ian Rapoport NFL.com. "I've always loved boxing, so that's what I've been doing. And we're trying to make a fight happen. If we do that, you'll see me in the ring.
A source close to veteran running back told Rapoport there is a high-profile fight that is in the works, but he did not say who it would be against. Gore also hired fight agent Malki Kawa who is also the same agent that negotiated Darius Leonard’s near $100 million contract extension.
There are number of potential spots where Gore can land, including the Jaguars — following the injury of Travis Etienne — and the Ravens, who suffered injuries to two of their running backs, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. Gore has declined any NFL offer and loves his new challenge of trying to become a legitimate fighter.
"I just fell in love with how hard it is," Gore said. "I felt like, 'Man, I couldn't fight.' And I always like a challenge. So, I kept doing it and doing it and I saw myself getting better and better."