Frank Gore motivated by age criticism: ‘I like it’

012813-gore-frank-600San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has felt like he’s had to prove himself his entire NFL career, but that’s what fuels the 49ers all-time rushing leader.

The 30-year-old Gore is aware of the critics who have questioned his future production.

I like it,” said Gore to at the end of minicamp. “I like that type of stuff.”

The 5-foot-9, 217-pound back said every season he hears the doubters questioning his ability to be a productive play-maker.

“I feel like every year is something with me,” said Gore, who mentioned how he had to prove himself as a third-round draft pick entering the league in 2005 and once again after a fractured hip ended his 2010 season. “I’ve got to overcome everything, every year… I’m going to go hard and prove everybody again.”

Gore, still feeling the aches and pains of a 19-game season, didn’t participate in the 49ers mandatory minicamp, but did workout some during organized team activities.

Gore said there is nothing to worry about.

“I feel good.  I’ve been here all offseason getting better with the team and getting ready for training camp.”

Gore rushed for 1,214 yards with eight touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl for a fourth time in 2012.  In the postseason, he had 319 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

“I’m happy to be back. I’m seeing all the guys working and we’ll try to get back to where we left off last year.”

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