Of course Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer

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As Colts running back Frank Gore keeps climbing the all-time rushing ladder, more and more people are asking a question that should have a fairly obvious answer: Is Gore a Hall of Famer?

Of course he is. By the end of his team’s next game, Gore could be joining the all-time top-five career rushers, behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin. All are Hall of Famers.

Gore also will be ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerome Bettis, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Adrian Peterson, Edgerrin James, Marcus Allen, Franco Harris, and Thurman Thomas. All but two (Peterson and James) already are in the Hall of Fame.

Gore thinks he’ll get in.

“I think the way I play the game, they’d put me in,” Gore recently said, via Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star.

Surely, they will. The production, the longevity, the achievements at a position that has been undermined during Gore’s career by the ongoing proliferation of passing attacks and the use of rotations. A guy who finishes with one of the five best careers in league history deserves a bronze bust, and Gore eventually will get it.

If he doesn’t, no other running backs deserve to get in.

54 responses to “Of course Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer

  1. Stat padders in an offensive era, do not get in. Bettis should not be in. Under 4.0 YPC in his career and a one trick pony.

    That’s not a HOF resume.

    It’s a nice career, the durability element is to be commended, but watering down the HOF to appease selfish primadonna stat hounds is a joke.

  2. The people of San Francisco will forever hold a special place in their hearts for Frank Gore.

    Those down years from ’05-’10 were brutal but Gore never threw anybody under bus or publicly complained. All he did was buckle his chin strap every Sunday and went to work.

    Cannot wait to see 21 in Canton!

  3. cabsf415 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 11:41 am
    The people of San Francisco will forever hold a special place in their hearts for Frank Gore.

    Those down years from ’05-’10 were brutal but Gore never threw anybody under bus or publicly complained. All he did was buckle his chin strap every Sunday and went to work.

    Cannot wait to see 21 in Canton!

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    You people are clinically insane. No one will ever remember Frank Gore for anything memorable. EVER.

    He is a good RB who had a nice, durable career in a very easy, favorable offensive era.

    End of story. These are not HOFers. It’s an insult to all of the BETTER RBs in the past who may have had lesser production, but were BETTER RBs.

    Roger Craig comes to mind. That guy’s resume blows away Gore’s. Blows it away.

    Heck, Kevin Faulk may have been the best all purpose scatback in the NFL for an 8 year period, and I would say he’s in before Gore. Same thing with Darren Sproles.

    You have to make a mark, not just accumulate particular, bloated stats.

    Ugh.

    I weep for this country’s future.

  4. I think people tend not to think of him as a Hall of Famer because he peaked in his second year. That was the only real “Hall of Fame” season he’s had. Since then, he’s been a guy who will get you 70-80 yards a game and 6-9 touchdowns a year and has managed to stay healthy. Never a first-team All-Pro, just a good solid player for a long time. He’ll make it, but he’ll have to wait a few years.

  5. Nope.

    – never an NFL rushing champion

    – only 1 season with more than 1214 rushing yards

    Corey Dillon played on worse teams and had higher yards per game average
    and higher touchdowns per game average (… and 4 season with more than 1214 yards).

  6. Of all the times I’ve seen Gore play NEVER ONCE have I thought he was a Hall of Fame back. Not once. Outside of accumulating a very impressive yard total he has no HOF traits. When did a Defensive game plan ever need to take special care to account for him? He was never a top 5 back in any year he’s played and many many times wasn’t even he best back on the field.

  7. no hes not hes the ultimate diver and survivor. Thats how you get paid. Sacrificing your body and having truly great seasons is how you get enshrined. Deuce McAllister who only had about 6 great seasons with the saints deserves it more than dink and dunk gore

  8. tylawspick6 says:

    LOL!!!!

    If Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer, then the HOF ceases to exist as we know it.
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    Naw, it died when Dungy got in.

  9. Never was an All-Pro. Never led the league in any category. Top 5 in rushing yards once, never in the top 5 for TDs. Selected to four Pro Bowls, made it to a fifth as an injury replacement.

    His compiler years have been very successful, but the HOF has seen that before. He may get in as a senior candidate in 30 years, but even that might be a stretch.

    “If he doesn’t, then no other running backs deserve to get in.” – That might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen on this site.

  10. I hate, hate, hate discussion like this. I love Gore. I think he is/was a great player during his time in the NFL.

    Hi is not getting into the HOF.

    Its pretty simple. The people that vote for the HOF are also the people that get to vote for the AP all pro team every year. Gore was voted 2nd team all pro ONCE in his career, in 2006. The voters didn’t even think enough of him to ever vote him first team during his time in the NFL, what would make any sane person think those same people are going to turn around and vote him into the HOF?! Seriously?!

  11. Seems they’ll let most anybody in anymore – Tony Dungy, Terrell Davis, Jerome Bettis. That is unless the voters don’t like the candidates as people – Terrell Owens. Agree with previous commenter, has become “Hall of Good.”

  12. Michael E says:
    November 29, 2017 at 11:59 am
    tylawspick6 says:

    LOL!!!!

    If Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer, then the HOF ceases to exist as we know it.
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    Naw, it died when Dungy got in.

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    Yeah, well, he and Bettis. Can we form a petition and remove people?

    My goodness.

    Being very good doesn’t mean you’re a HOF player. This has never been the case.

  13. 1 season over 1,500 yards … 1 season with more than 10 TD’s … not a HOF player IMO. Nobody says “this player could be as good as Frank Gore” … because a lot of players are as good as Frank Gore.

  14. I mean, basically, if Gore gets in, these players are slam dunk HOFers:

    Ty Law
    Richard Seymour
    Rodney Harrison
    Kevin Faulk
    Tedy Bruschi
    Troy Brown

    I can EASILY make an argument for all of these people based on production, versatility, winning a lot, impact, memorable moments, selflessness, toughness, durability, and SB rings and appearances.

    I could speak for days on what they meant to chamiponship caliber teams, even if not having gaudy stats.

    It’s beyond insulting to put very good players into the HOF from previous dynasty eras, while glossing over the NE Patriots’ very good or great players’ impacts in NFL history in what is now 15 years of dominance in the cap era.

    Wilfork, Brady and Viantieri are locks, but it’s wildly insulting to a real NFL fan’s intelligence to keep seeing names pop up that don’t have the resumes that others do.

    I actually thought the title of this headline was a joke when I first read it.

  15. doctorrustbelt says:
    November 29, 2017 at 11:56 am
    Nope.

    – never an NFL rushing champion

    – only 1 season with more than 1214 rushing yards

    Corey Dillon played on worse teams and had higher yards per game average
    and higher touchdowns per game average (… and 4 season with more than 1214 yards).

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    That’s another guy….I’ve made this arugment before like when Bettis’s name was even mentioned.

    Dillon played on god awful Bengals teams and look at that production! Far more impressive a career than less than 4 YPC Bettis’s.

  16. Everyone saying its the “Hall of Good” or that Gore came from a “Statistical boom era” seem to be forgetting that half the Steel Curtain defense is in the hall and basically only Mean Joe Green and LC Greenwood deserve it. It’s always been the “Hall of Popularity” and it always will be.

  17. Hall of Fame has sure changed. You use to have to be a bad ass to get in, now day they have a quota to that they must put so many in. If no one is of hall of fame caliber then that year no one should go in. It is just being water down every year.

  18. If Harbaugh would have let Gore Run it in from inside the 5 in that Super Bowl against the Ravens; Frank Gore would be a 1st Ballot Hall of Famer. Most intelligent football player the game has ever seen. He’s a football genius.

    He’s the best RB in 49er history all though Roger Craig is my personal favorite. Craig the First 1000/1000 Rushing & Receiving. Also his off season workout regimen and the path to greatness that he taught Jerry Rice who passed it on to Rickey Waters and Terrell Owens….but I digress.

  19. 19 carries, 110 yards and a TD in Super Bowl. That’s pretty great performance. Happened to be stuck on a team between eras of greatness. Even if you want to call him a compiler…99.9% of those guys don’t stick around and still produce at a high level when most are trying hard to stand up straight when they get out of bed in the morning. Hard to not say he’s in HOF. Maybe not on first vote…but think he gets in.

  20. There should be 2 Halls. One lined in gold representing all the truly great best at their position in their era…………then the one for the fortunate, who stayed healthy enough and had the desire to play forever and pile up numbers.

  21. The fact that Ken Anderson isn’t in the Hall of Fame makes it just a building with a bunch of bronze busts of former football players.

  22. Please don’t insult us (and football) by unilaterally making this declaration. The undeniable fact is that Frank Gore has rarely, if ever (I’d argue never) been a top-notch RB at any given time, so you are arguing for him to be in the HOF on a LONGEVITY-ONLY BASIS. I of course accept that he MIGHT be a HOFer, but there is nothing “obvious” about this. In baseball, there is a clearly-established threshold for making the HOF on a longevity basis – 3000 hits – but that does not exist in the NFL. In fact, Gore’s case is unique, as it was MUCH more difficult for elite RBs to hold up in the face of defenses that focused on stopping the run in the past (which is why longevity was rare). Today, with the open passing games and defenses that have adjusted to match, it is a different animal for a non-elite Gore to plug away to his career numbers than it was for the likes of Curtis Martin or Jerome Bettis. If you think Gore has done enough to cross the threshold, by all means make the argument, but you’re DEAD WRONG to declare that there is no reasonable argument against his case. It would be very fair to simply label him a “very good RB who was that way for an abnormally long time”, place him in the proverbial “Hall Of Very Good”, and move on.

  23. I don’t that I would say “of course he is” but he definitely has some impressive career numbers. Sitting 7th on the all time rushing list, he’s surrounded by HOFers. He has 77 rushing TDs which is good enough for 22nd, tied with HOFer Tony Dorsett. But no rushing titles, no rings, and was probably never the best RB in the league during his career. Really good, but never great or transcendent, like say an AD or LT. He just had a long and productive career.

  24. Roger Craig comes to mind. That guy’s resume blows away Gore’s. Blows it away.
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    Are you joking?

    Gore has 17,232 yards from scrimmage, currently 9th all-time. More yards than Thurman Thomas, Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson. 200 more yards would put him past Curtis Martin, 415 yards would put him past Marcus Allen, in 7th place all-time.

    Gore would be the only player in the top 10 in all-time scrimmage yards NOT to be in teh NFL HOF.

    .. Roger Craig is 45th (FORTY FIFTH!) on that list. 4000 LESS yards than Gore. Less yards than Corey Dillon. Shady McCoy will pass him this year, barring injury. Matt Forte has MORE yards than Craig.

    And that 1000/1000 season he had, Craig had 2036 yds/scrimmage.. Gore’s best season 2180 (2006)…

  25. I don’t see how anyone can argue against Gore’s case as a HOFer. He’s going to finish his career in the top 5 in rushing during an era in which team’s emphasized strong passing attacks. He’s put up great stats on historically bad teams, which is hard in itself. He has nine seasons with 1,000 yards, including one at the ripe age of 33, which is virtually unheard of. He was also the bell cow on some really good teams, and has had playoff success, so I don’t get the argument. I also saw someone call him a stat padder. How do you pad stats when you don’t call plays?

  26. Frank Gore averaged 4.4 yards a carry his career.

    Jamaal Charles averaged 5.4 yards a carry his career.

    So Gore gets in before Charles? Because Charles isn’t getting in.

    Longevity and not gettting hurt is important, but not HOF worthy traits.

  27. His compiler years have been very successful, but the HOF has seen that before. He may get in as a senior candidate in 30 years, but even that might be a stretch.
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    I think that is exactly how he will get in.

    20 years from now, everyone will be scratching their head wondering why a guy with such gaudy numbers wasn’t elected.

  28. Hes never been a top 3 RB in the NFL during his career. He may have stats to say so, but stats are very misleading. He isn’t HOF material. Hall of Very Good yes.

  29. proudlydeletingtruth says:

    November 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    How about letting a few more safeties in first? Maybe some linemen. Football is more than QB, RB, and recievers

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    No kidding…there are 3 Safeties on the semi finals list that should already be in. Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu show up in a year or two. Are we just going to ignore HOF careers because they didn’t score TDs or accumulate yards?

  30. An HoF candidate needs not just personal stats but the number of times they’ve have been key in big postseason games and season successes. Gore had 3 great games in 2012 which didn’t get him a ring but was individually worthy. But I’d want to see many seasons of those and there just aren’t. That said, far too many good-but-not-great guys are already in the HoF now that it’s lost it’s meaning outside of the media and ex-player bubble.

  31. Players not inducted, eligible, and deserving of HOF induction in descending order:

    1) Terrell Owens
    2) Gary Anderson
    3) Jason Hanson
    4) Chris Spielman
    5) Frank Gore
    6) Randy Moss
    7) Corey Dillon
    8) Jeff Feagles
    9). Jessie Tuggle
    10. Edgerrin James

  32. Pro Bowls: Bettis 6; Gore 5
    1st team All-Pro: Bettis 2; Gore 0
    Rushing First Downs: Bettis 730; Gore 617
    Rushing DYAR: Bettis 1721; Gore 1305
    Rush Success Rate: Bettis 49.6%; Gore 45.1%
    MVP Votes: Bettis 4; Gore 0
    100 yard rush games: Bettis 61; Gore 41
    % negative runs: Bettis 8.7%; Gore 9.6%
    3rd/4th and 1 conversion rate: Bettis 74.5%; Gore 63.8%

  33. Agree with most comments here that Gore is not a HOF’er. Totals and “counting stats” should not be the sole basis for HOF – Gore compiled those more from longevity than raw effectiveness. At best he was a mildly dominant player 1 or 2 years.

    And let’s please stop using the flawed “player X has more yards than player Y, and player Y is in HOF” psuedo-logic. You don’t enshrine an undeserving player just because another undeserving player luckily got elected.

  34. “Players not inducted, eligible, and deserving of HOF induction in descending order:

    1) Terrell Owens
    2) Gary Anderson
    3) Jason Hanson
    4) Chris Spielman
    5) Frank Gore
    6) Randy Moss
    7) Corey Dillon
    8) Jeff Feagles
    9). Jessie Tuggle
    10. Edgerrin James”

    I would put John Taylor or Roger Craig before Terrell Owens. But hey Craig is at the end of his elegibility and Taylor is possibly the most overlooked player since he only played 9 seasons before becoming a Full Time Truck Driver.

  35. I’ll remind all of you that you don’t get to decide. They do – and remember it’s the Hall of FAME, not the Hall of STATS or the Hall of RINGS. Trent Dilfer has a ring, Dan Marino does not… If you think Difer > Marino and deserves HOF entry, then you’re a moron. Being in the top five of backs in an era where it’s all about passing and backs are considered ‘washed up’ at 30 is pretty impressive. Plus, the dude has ran behind a paper mache’ O-line in Indy for the past 3 years to boot. DUDE IS A LOCK TO GET IN… ACCEPT IT.

  36. Plus, the dude has ran behind a paper mache’ O-line in Indy for the past 3 years to boot.
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    Yes and he averaged less than 4 yards per carry, so what is this supposed to prove?

  37. To leave Frank Gore out of the Hall of Fame would mean he is the only player within the top 5 of career rushing yards and top 10 of yards from scrimmage out of the Hall of Fame. Shaun Alexander would be the only player with more TDs than him that is not in the Hall of Fame or will not get in shortly.

    One of the comment referred to him as “dink and dunk Gore.” His 4.4 career yards per carry is higher than Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Ladanian Tomlinson, Jerome Bettis,Erick Dickerson, Tony Dorsett or Marshall Faulk.

    As of this date, Jerome Bettis is a prime comparison as they played an equal amount of games. Gore exceeds Bettis in yards from scrimmage by over 2,000 yards. Gore has just passed Bettis in rushing yards with less carries. Gore has one less touchdown. To include Bettis and exclude Gore would be illogical.

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