"It keeps me fresh," Gore said. "Early in my career, I probably wouldn't have liked it. Now, it gets me ready for the fourth quarter. When the defense is wearing down, that's when I get going."
All the warm and fuzzy feelings will be put on hold in the Super Bowl.
But no matter who's hoisting the trophy at the end of the game, Gore and Rice will remain fans of each other.
"We don't have to hit each other," Rice quipped. "I'd like to win on Sunday. I don't want to see him do good on our defense. But any other time I watch Frank Gore do well, I'm happy for him."
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