Perhaps it’s a little surprising to hear a San Francisco 49er that was targeted by Gregg Williams come to the defense of the New Orleans Saints and Jonathan Vilma.
But Frank Gore, the 49ers running back that Williams implored his defenders to attack, did just that. In comments to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Gore defended the type of player Vilma is and said the comments Williams made show a level of respect in the NFL.
On the infamous tape from the defensive meeting the night before the NFC playoff game, Williams says, “We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
“When you hear another team call your name, that means respect,” he said. “That's a lot of respect, and you're doing something right for your team. So it don't bother me at all.”
Gore also defended Vilma, who has been suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2012 season. Keep in mind, they were teammates at Miami and prior to that they played together at Coral Gables High School.
“When we played them, I felt it was how the game was supposed to be played,” Gore told Barrows. “And I played high school ball with Vilma, and I know he's not that type of guy. He's a hard worker, he enjoys the game of football and he's going to give it his all every snap.”
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