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Another milestone, more motivation for veteran 49ers running back Frank Gore to do more

  • In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) takes the ball from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) takes the ball from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) takes the ball from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this Sept. 7, 2014, photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) takes the ball from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The veteran San Francisco running back reached yet another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

Frank Gore wants those around him to notice just how hard he's running at age 31, seemingly as energetic as ever when everybody is beginning to question when he will slow down. Or break down.

Ask him how his body is holding up, how he feels, and Gore quickly offers a good-natured retort: "You tell me how I look."

So far in 2014, no words necessary. The veteran San Francisco running back reached another milestone in Week 1, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 yards — and just the 10th to accomplish the feat while playing for the same team for at least 10 seasons.

Despite Gore's youthful spirit, the 49ers still face a delicate balance of keeping him fresh and giving rookie Carlos Hyde chances, too.

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