Boxer Frank Gore set to be the NFL running back again


Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) jumps into the end zone near Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Thursday, December 9, 2021 (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) jumps into the end zone near Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Thursday, December 9, 2021 (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

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Frank Gore is set to return to the NFL for a Super Bowl run after making his boxing debut.

The five-time Pro Bowl running back takes on former NBA All-Star Deron Williams on Saturday night in the Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley rematch.

“I’m excited but I’m also nervous about this because it’s new to me,” Gore told AP Pro Football Podcas t.

Gore ran for 16,000 yards, the third-highest in NFL history, for 15 seasons with the 49ers, Colts, Dolphins, Bills and Jets. He turned down an offer to come back during training camp to spend time with his family. If a playoff team calls now, he’s ready.

“I’m in the best shape of my life,” Gore said. “The form of boxing is totally different from the form of football. I feel like I can go out there and spark a team. It must be a good situation for me and for the team.

Gore said he boxed as part of his football training, but did not consider stepping into the ring for a fight before the offseason, when a boxing coach told him that he had the skills to do it.

“Boxing is more difficult physically because I have to train three times a week,” he said. “It’s also different because of all the jogging. In football, I did sprints. I hate to run, but I have to do it to be in the ring.

Gore, who spent his first 10 seasons in San Francisco, also hopes to eventually work at the team’s front office.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do because I’ve been in football for so long that I know what a football player is supposed to be. I know what a player’s mind should look like. football, ”Gore said.

CUT IT

Dalvin Cook of Minnesota rushed for a peak 205 yards last week against Pittsburgh, finding gaping holes in the line in a masterful performance from his blockers and offensive coaching staff. Not to be overlooked in the success was full-back CJ Ham, who was at his best protector. The 2019 Pro Bowl pick could end up at the All-Star Game again this year.

“He comes to work every day on time, knows what he has to do, his missions. If you want to know anything about running back you can ask him. He knows both positions, ”Cook said.

“Off the pitch, the things he does in the community are exceptional. He’s a dad, and the things he does with his kids are amazing. I consider him a big brother, so he’s my guy. You’re about to make me cry talking about my guy.

There is no lack of Ham fans in the organization of the Vikings. Undrafted at Augustana, an NCAA Division II program, the Duluth, Minnesota native is in his sixth season with the Vikings and is as well versed in offense as anyone.

“It’s so heartwarming to have a player like that. There are times when I ask him, “Did I name this room correctly?” Or “What’s the motion here?” “And he’ll understand me well,” said quarterback Kirk Cousins. “It just tells the world about CJ and what he’s capable of athletically and mentally as well. He’s a great teammate. He’s the kind of person you want in this organization because he sets the standard for so many guys. If you say, “How do we do things here? Go see CJ Ham. This is how we do things.

TERRIBLE TRIP

New York Giants quarterback coach Jerry Schuplinski didn’t have the best times when the team trained in Tucson, Ariz., Ahead of their game against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Schuplinski tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the team arrived from Miami and was isolated at the team’s hotel. He spent the week working virtually.

While his symptoms were minor, another issue was watching the Giants play on Sunday.

When the team left, he and guard Wes Martin, who also tested positive, moved to a hotel in Phoenix to be closer to the airport. The game was not on TV, so Schuplinski sheepishly admitted that he used a parent’s network to watch it on his mobile device. This is until the signal goes off for a few minutes.

So he confronted his wife, Megan. She wanted to talk. The harassed coach wanted the game.

“Turn on the game, turn on the game,” Schuplinski said of the conversion. “I’m like, ‘We’ll catch up later, just show the game now real quick until I fire up this iPad. “

He’s back with the Giants and returns to the New York area on Wednesday.

FIT TO BE ATTACHED

There can be no assurance that the New York Jets’ trip to South Florida this weekend to face the Miami Dolphins will result in a close game.

But the series at Hard Rock Stadium couldn’t be closer, part of an astonishing trend for the Dolphins to face enemies from AFC East in their apartment building.

The Jets have come to Hard Rock Stadium 33 times and Miami is 17-16 in those games. Combined score of these matches: Dolphins 731, Jets 731.

An abnormality ?

Maybe, maybe not.

New England are 21-13 at the current Dolphins stadium, but the combined score from those games is 728-728.

And no, the Buffalo-Miami series isn’t tied at Hard Rock, but only by the thinnest margins. The score of 35 previous regular season games between these clubs at the current Miami field: Bills 764, Dolphins 763.

USFL TAKES ACTION

NBC has joined Fox Sports as a broadcast partner for the USFL, which will begin playing in April.

NBC will feature 21 regular season and playoff games on NBC (eight), USA Network (nine) and Peacock (four). Fox Sports will broadcast the other 22 games including 12 on Fox and 10 on FS1.

The league will have eight teams, but will play in a host city, which is expected to be announced shortly. The names of the teams will be familiar to those who followed the first incarnation of the USFL from 1983 to 1985. The new USFL is controlled by Fox Sports and is not associated with the original league or its owners.

The Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits form the South Division. The North Division includes the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers.

AGAIN TOGETHER

Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green will return to the booth for Nickelodeon‘s production focused on kids of an NFL playoff game.

CBS and Nickelodeon have a wildcard game again on Sunday, Jan.16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Eagle, who does radio play-by-play for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, has added a few network assignments to his schedule, while Burleson is on “The NFL Today” and “CBS Mornings.” 16-year-old Green, who is on Nick’s “All That”, received a lot of positive reviews for his role on last year’s show.

Another Nick star, Young Dylan from “Tyler Perry’s Young Dillon” will debut as a secondary reporter.

Last year, the New Orleans Saints’ 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears averaged 30.65 million, making it the most-watched CBS first-round game since 2014 The 2.06 million average for children’s broadcast on Nickelodeon made it the largest on the network. show watched in almost four years.

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AP Pro Football writers Barry Wilner, Rob Maaddi and Dave Campbell, and sports writers Tom Canavan, Joe Reedy and Tim Reynolds contributed.

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