NFL fans who watched the “Monday Night Football” game between the Chiefs and Giants heard a familiar name during the second of Kansas City’s two touchdown drives in the first half: Derrick Gore.
The freshman running back waited for the “Monday Night Football” stage to score his first professional touchdown of his career, one that gave the Chiefs a temporary 14-7 lead. Because of his name, and the fact that he’s eating up Darrel Williams touches, people could only ask, “Who is Derrick Gore?”
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Sporting News has everything you need to know about the freshman running back with the “Monday Night Football” leak:
Is Derrick Gore related to Frank Gore?
No, Derrick Gore is not related to Frank Gore. However, NFL fans could be forgiven for the assumption, considering the position of the first and the longevity of the second in the league: Frank Gore played 16 years as a running back in the NFL, ending his most recent season in 2020 with 653. yards and two touchdowns. At the age of 37!
Frank Gore, however, has a son; he just doesn’t play in the NFL (yet). That would be Frank Gore Jr., currently at Southern Miss. The sophomore running back has combined for 1,234 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 18 career games through the 2021 season. He also has 26 receptions for 257 yards and another touchdown.
Frank Gore Jr., born in March 2002, is 19 years old. Derrick Gore is 26 years old and was born on December 13, 1994.
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Where did Derrick Gore go to college?
Gore divided his time at two different colleges, playing at Alabama in 2015 and ’16 before transferring to Louisiana-Monroe for the 2017 and ’18 seasons.
Gore played sparingly for Crimson Tide, combining 24 carries, 108 yards and a touchdown in nine games during those two seasons. He played considerably more for the Warhawks, playing in 12 games in the two seasons he was there. He combined to rush for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns at Monroe, adding 34 receptions for 254 yards and a touchdown.
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Derrick Gore Stats
Gore entered the NFL in 2019, although this is his first year on an NFL roster. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent, spending time on the Chargers and Washington Football Team practice teams.
Kansas City signed him on February 26, 2021, which marked him as a freshman running back despite being in the league for a few years. He entered his first game in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season against Washington, but did not record any statistics. The following week, he got his first NFL carry in a 27-3 loss to the Titans. It was for 7 yards.
Gore’s “MNF” game against the Giants, then, is the most important game to date of his NFL career. He has 10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown on Kansas City’s first drive of the second half.
That gives Gore 11 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown in his first two games. It’s not bad at all.
This story will be updated with Gore’s final stats.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.