HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork smiled as he reminisced Thursday about how he welcomed Colts running back Frank Gore to the University of Miami.
“I was the first one to introduce him with a hit,” Wilfork said about their first time on the practice field together. “Right then and there I knew he was going to be a tough son of a gun, fighting back from injuries, his life story and everything.”
Wilfork spoke glowingly about the Colts running back who moved ahead of Jim Brown for ninth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with his 14 carry 74 yard game against Chicago last Sunday.
“Gore has been carrying that torch for a long time running the ball. Very, very productive in his career, and he hasn’t slowed down,” Wilfork said.
Wilfork expects the Colts to use Gore a lot in their game on Sunday, especially since the Texans have allowed the sixth most rushing yards in the NFL this season.
However, the Colts have struggled with their run during the Andrew Luck era as they have been without a 100+ yard rusher in their last 55 games.
“I’m pretty sure I expect a lot more dose of him this week,” Wilfork said about Gore. “Just seeing how the previous weeks have been with us against the run. I expect to see more of him in the run game this week.”
Gore this season has improved his yards per attempt in each of the last three games, but his attempts have gone down as well.
The Miami connection doesn’t end with Gore as former Texan and current Titan Andre Johnson form a brotherhood from a Golden Age of Miami football.
“We bleed orange and green,” Wilfork said. “It doesn’t matter how bad the previous years have been. We’ll never stop how we feel about one another, how we feel about our university. We’ve had a lot of great players come out of that university, and we don’t plan on stopping.”
Wilfork though pointed out that Gore should be ready to compete on Sunday as their respective division rivals clash in a battle for first place in the AFC South
“We’re enemies this week, he knows that.”
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