After the Colts' 2015 season ended, running back Frank Gore didn't hold back from sharing his thoughts: "This was the toughest season of my career," Gore said at the time. "A lot of f***** up stuff."
The comments came shortly after the Colts had wrapped up a disappointing 8-8 season and missed the playoffs despite entering the season with Super Bowl hopes. For Gore, it was also just the third season in his eleven year career in which he didn't rush for 1,000 yards - and the first time he failed to reach the mark while playing in every game. His 3.7 yards per carry were the lowest in a season in his career as well. In short, not only was it a rough year for the Colts as a team, it was a rough year for Gore individually. He's still not over it.
“I’m not over it," Gore said on Tuesday. "I’m not going to be over it until I do it [rush for 1,000 yards]. I’ve been blessed that they kept me to get the opportunity to do it again. To go after my goals again, to be the one to get the 100 yards that they didn’t have in years. To get that 1,000-plus yards (in a season). To have the opportunity when it’s playoff time when it’s time to get down and dirty and we’ve got to run the ball when key plays happen. Now I got another opportunity to do it so from here on out I just have to start taking care of my body, eating healthy, start training to get myself ready to try to go get it.”
Gore alluded to the streaks for the Colts that he wants to be the one to break: The Colts haven't had a 100-yard rusher in a game since December 16, 2012, a streak of 50 games (56 if you include playoffs), while they also haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher in a season since Joseph Addai in 2007, a streak eight seasons. Gore came close to both marks last season - he had four games in which he rushed for 83 or more yards and came just 33 yards shy of 1,000 for the season - but failed to break either streak, something he's hoping to do in 2016. And he's letting the fact that he didn't break those streaks motivate him moving forward.
Of course, while the individual marks are noteworthy, that's not the biggest motivation nor the biggest goal for Frank Gore this year, as his highest priority is winning a Super Bowl - something he hasn't done in his career.
“That’s number one," Gore said. "When you play a team sport and you play this game, I’ve been blessed to get yards and being mentioned among top guys at my position, but I haven’t yet got what everybody wants when they play this game and that’s a ring. That’s what motivates me.”
It'd be nice if Gore could get the trifecta this year when it comes to his goals: rush for 100 yards in a game, reach 1,000 yards on the season, and hoist the Lombardi Trophy when the season is over.