The San Francisco 49ers have been through quite a lot to arrive at their breakout season in 2011. After years of struggle and futility, they have overcome the naysayers and stand just one win away from reaching a Super Bowl long before anyone could have predicted. On Sunday, they will host the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game and potentially head to Indianapolis to try for a Super Bowl ring.
Cam Inman at the Mercury News posted a great article on Saturday about 49ers running back Frank Gore has been through it all in his seven-year career and is a perfect embodiment of the surprising resurgence of the team. The former third-round draft pick has been the star of the 49ers through many lean years and is now the leading rusher in franchise history.
Gore had this to say about the amazing season in San Francisco:
It's a blessing to be in the situation we are as a team, especially looking back in my past. You look at how everyone is surprised and can't believe this team, where we're at now. But we always knew what we had in this locker room, now that we've got coach (Jim) Harbaugh and his coaching staff leading us the right way.
Gore had his second-highest year for rushing yards in 2011 and is now thinking about the possibility of playing in his first Super Bowl. The 49ers will be counting on him in Sunday's NFC Championship Game and you can bet that everything Gore has been through has prepared him for this game.