Vince Wilfork to face "little brother" on Sunday

Vince Wilfork to face "little brother" on Sunday
Frank Gore may have passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown at No. 9 on the all-time rushing list. To Vince Wilfork, he'll still be Frankie G., his little brother from their time as Miami Hurricanes (2001-03).
"When he came in at UM (University of Miami), I was the first one to introduce him with a hit," Wilfork said. "I'm pretty sure he'll tell you about that. 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. Such a humble person and loves football. He has a passion for the game and it shows. When he plays football, it shows. He's a great teammate and a great person. We're enemies this week, he knows that."
Wilfork will have his work cut out for him, working to contain Gore and the Colts run game on Sunday. The 12-year Colts veteran running back has rushed for 328 yards on 78 carries and scored two touchdowns in five starts this season. He's also caught 14 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Gore's ability to run low to the ground and with power makes him difficult to tackle, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Wilfork, in his 13th season, is playing at a high level and is up to the challenge.
"I think he's played well," O'Brien said of Wilfork. "He's in there to stop the run, to help us stop the run. I think he's rushed the passer and helped us rush the passer a little bit. I think the guy, just thinking about Frank Gore, another guy in that category of 30-plus years of age that are playing at a high level. I mean Frank Gore, 12 years at running back. Vince, you know, 12 years as a nose tackle. Those are ageless wonders, those guys."

Frank Gore may have passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown at No. 9 on the all-time rushing list. To Vince Wilfork, he'll still be 'Frankie G.,' his little brother from their time as Miami Hurricanes (2001-03).

"When he came in at UM (University of Miami), I was the first one to introduce him with a hit," Wilfork said. "I'm pretty sure he'll tell you about that. 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. Such a humble person and loves football. He has a passion for the game and it shows. When he plays football, it shows. He's a great teammate and a great person. We're enemies this week and he knows that."

Wilfork will have his work cut out for him, as he contains Gore and the Colts run game on Sunday. The 12-year Colts veteran running back has rushed for 328 yards on 78 carries and scored two touchdowns in five starts this season. He's also caught 14 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Gore's ability to run low to the ground and with power makes him difficult to tackle, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Wilfork, in his 13th season, is playing at a high level and is up to the challenge.

"I think he's played well," O'Brien said of Wilfork. "He's in there to stop the run, to help us stop the run. I think he's rushed the passer and helped us rush the passer a little bit. I think the guy, just thinking about Frank Gore, another guy in that category of 30-plus years of age that are playing at a high level. I mean Frank Gore, 12 years at running back. Vince, you know, 12 years as a nose tackle. Those are ageless wonders, those guys."

The (3-2) Texans will host the (2-3) Colts on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on NBC and SportsRadio 610.

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