NEW ORLEANS, La. - The San Francisco 49ers have a multi-dimensional young quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. They have a former Pro Bowl tight end in Vernon Davis. They have a 1,000-yard wide receiver in Michael Crabtree. And they have an offensive line that's been described by several Ravens defenders as one of the best in the NFL.
But the player Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis apparently respects the most on San Francisco's offense: running back Frank Gore.
Gore rushed for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season and was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. He's rushed for at least 1,036 yards during each of the last six seasons he's played in at least 14 games.
"He's just like a bull," Ravens running back Ray Rice said. "He goes downhill on you really fast. I think he's more loose than people think he is. I have respect for his game because if you watch Frank Gore, he doesn't take the hits. He actually delivers them because of his low center of gravity.
"You go ask Ray Lewis who he has respect for in that offense, and obviously he has respect for everybody, but the main person he'll tell you right now is Frank Gore."