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Tim Hightower doesn’t want Frank Gore’s old number


The 49ers may not have realized what they were doing when they gave running back Tim Hightower a jersey number.

But he’s vowing to return it, out of respect to Frank Gore.

According to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, Hightower posted on social media that he planned on finding a new number soon.

Hightower showed some strong hashtag game, going with “#numbertheygaveme,” “#willbechanged” and #numbershouldberetired.”

And no, this was not #asexpected.

The 49ers hadn’t given out 21 in the last two years, since Gore left for Indianapolis as a free agent.

The 33-year-old running back is still the franchise’s leading rusher, and eighth on the league’s all-time list.

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9 Responses to “Tim Hightower doesn’t want Frank Gore’s old number”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 10, 2017 11:27 AM

    Guy continues to be a class act all around. Good luck this year.

  2. Straight Cash Homie says: Apr 10, 2017 11:43 AM

    Will miss having Tim this season. He could always be counted on to get you 4 yards when you needed 3. Good luck to you!

  3. jnovi86 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:00 PM

    Thank you Tim, class act to respect what Gore has been to the franchise.

  4. lildeucedeuce says: Apr 10, 2017 12:04 PM

    Eighth on the all-time list? That’s incredible.

  5. cabsf415 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:07 PM

    Goes to show the consideration the new equipment staff has towards tradition. Long time equipment manager Steve Urbaniak would have never allowed this to happen!

  6. abninf says: Apr 10, 2017 12:29 PM



  7. schmitty2 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    If that’s not considered a classy move I don’t know what is.

  8. whyuknowdat says: Apr 10, 2017 2:05 PM

    It will all be a moot point once he’s released before the regular season starts.

  9. riprozelle says: Apr 10, 2017 2:36 PM

    Not a ‘Niners fan, but I’ve always admired how Gore plays and how Hightower carries himself.

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