Former San Fransisco 49ers running back Frank Gore signed with the team that drafted him on a one-day contract on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022. Gore spent ten seasons with the team and had 13,956 yards from scrimmage as a 49er. Frank Gore played for sixteen years on five teams. He played for the 49ers, Colts, Bills, Dolphins, and Jets.
A Decade As A 49er
Gore played in San Fransisco for a decade, and it is as a 49er where his career is most notable. He ran for a total of 11,073 yards (most in team history) and 64 TDs in his ten years in San Fran. Gore also had 2,883 receiving yards and caught 11 TDs for the team. Frank Gore earned all five of his Pro Bowl nominations donning the red and gold, achieving the accolade in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Gore likely could have retired after his tenth year in the NFL, and he would have had a decent case for the Hall of Fame. He was the franchise’s rushing yard record holder. But he wasn’t done yet, Gore was no longer on the team after the 2014 season.
A Second Career
In 2015, Gore headed to Indianapolis where he played for three years. He ran for a total of 2,953 yards during his time as a Colt. After Indianapolis, Gore went to Miami for a year where he ran for 722 yards. Gore then went to the Bills to play for a year, he ran for 599 yards and 2 TDs. In 2020, Gore signed with the Jets where he rushed for 653 yards as a 37-year-old. In 2021, Gore tried his hand at boxing and is still fighting. Running backs hope they can make it to their early thirties in the NFL. We rarely see guys consistently make it to 32 as a running back. Gore flipped that narrative on its head, making it to 37. Frank Gore’s career will likely never be replicated, coaches, players, and fans will always remember the impact he had on the game.
Frank Gore ran for 16,000 yards in his sixteen-year career. Gore played in 11+ games in every year of his long career, and this stat is sort of a testament to the player he was. Gore was consistent through good and bad. He was a leader, and a strong veteran guy to lean on. Frank Gore is third in the NFL in all-time rushing yards. He just trails Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) in all-time rushing yards. That is elite company.
Gore retires third on the all-time rushing list, first on the 49ers franchise rushing record list, and five Pro Bowls selections. Though Gore’s storied career is over, this is surely not the last we hear from him. His son is currently enrolled at Southern Miss where he plays running back. Now, it’s time to speculate on what his next adventure will be! Coaching? Boxing? What do you think!?
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