INDIANAPOLIS — Frank Gore's passion for his hometown, Miami, and football is obvious.
Just sit down for five minutes with the Indianapolis Colts running back, and it won't be long until he's sharing stories of his time developing in the Miami Pop Warner leagues before turning into a legend at Coral Gables Senior High School.
But it was Gore's time at the University of Miami where he really mastered his craft — even as he endured his share of adversity — setting up one of the greatest careers by a running back in NFL history.
On Tuesday, his alma mater made it clear Gore's love of Miami and of the Hurricanes football program is certainly mutual, as it named the hometown kid among its Class of 2018 inductees to the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
Here's Gore's Hall of Fame profile:
Frank Gore / Football / 2001, 2003-2004
As a true freshman and backup to UMSHoF member Clinton Portis for the 2001 National Champions, Frank totaled 820 yards on just 62 carries (a 9.3 average) with five touchdowns and was named The Sporting News BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. After redshirting in 2002, he came back in 2003 to rush for 100 yards in each of the first three games, becoming the first UM back to accomplish the feat. He gained 468 yards before suffering a season-ending injury in Miami's fifth game. Frank led the Canes in 2004 with 945 yards on 199 carries and rushed for eight touchdowns, and totaled 1,975 yards for his career. His 5.68 yards per carry average is the sixth-highest average in school history. Frank is in his 13th season in the NFL, currently with the Indianapolis Colts, and just recently became the league's seventh leading rusher of all time with over 13,000 career yards.
Gore is among three members of the Miami football program who will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame next year, joining wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester and former head coach Larry Coker.
Gore will also join another former great Colts running back already in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame: Edgerrin James, who starred for the Hurricanes from 1996-98 and was inducted back in 2009.
Miami's Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be honored at a banquet next spring, and will also be introduced during an on-field ceremony during the Miami-Syracuse football game on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Hard Rock Stadium.