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Robert Turbin Excited To Join Frank Gore

New Colts running back grew up a fan of Gore as a 49ers rusher.

Robert Robert Turbin is thrilled to be joining a backfield with Frank Gore.

Turbin was born in Oakland, Calif., and was a childhood fan of Gore, who played across the Bay and became the San Francisco 49ers all-time leading rusher. Now both will play for the Indianapolis Colts.

"Obviously he was fun to watch for me," Turbin said Wednesday on a conference call, one day after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with the Colts. "It's exciting to be able to work with him. I'm always trying to gain knowledge and seek knowledge. He's been in the league a lot longer than I have, so I'll be looking to gain even more knowledge from him."

Gore, 32, enters his second season in Indianapolis and 12th in the NFL. Turbin spent his first three seasons with Seattle, winning one Super Bowl ring, and was a reserve for Dallas and Cleveland last season.

"We've never met," Turbin said. "Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to as a kid, I never had the opportunity. But we'll meet now. My prayers are being answered 13 years later."

Turbin has been a reserve for four seasons in the NFL, but as the old adage goes, he prepares like he's going to play and strives to be great regardless of the role. He doesn't buy into the stigma sometimes attached to backups.

"I aspire to be one of the best running backs to play the game or else I wouldn't play the game," Turbin said. "Things come as they go. You can only focus on the things that you can control. What I can control is the work I put in, the effort that I put in and how hard I play on Sundays, if that accumulates for me and being one of the best running backs ever, then I'm happy.

"If for whatever reason it doesn't, which I don't believe, at least I can look myself in the mirror and know that I gave everything I could possibly give. In a way, that's satisfying as well."

The Colts will also have second-year running back Tyler Varga in the mix. The undrafted Varga spent much of his rookie year on injured reserve with a concussion.

Turbin says 2015 was an eventful year. He got hurt, then spent time on two new teams with the Browns and Cowboys. He played in three games for the Browns and had 18 carries for 60 yards as well as two receptions for eight yards. He finished the season in seven games with the Cowboys and amassed 139 yards rushing on 32 carries with one score and catch five passes for 15 yards.

"It was different," he said. "It was something that I had never been through before. First of all, I had never been injured before during the season. I can't remember the last time I had ever missed game since I started playing in Pop Warner.

"So it was a different year, but I definitely wouldn't call it a negative year at all. I was actually state it was a positive year for me in terms of who I was able to meet, what I was able to find and the things that I went through that year ultimately made me better."

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