Frank Gore honored to pass one of his favorite players on the career rushing list

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Colts running back Frank Gore became the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history on Sunday, and the player he pushed out of the all-time Top 5 is one of Gore’s all-time favorites.

That player is LaDainian Tomlinson, whom Gore credited as an inspiration after the game.

“I respect all those guys who I’ve passed, especially the [last] one today, LT,” Gore said. “I remember when I came into the league, I was with San Fran and we played against him in a preseason game. I was like a little kid when I met him. I respect the way he played the game. He was one of my top five who I liked as a player.”

Gore now has 13,697 rushing yards in his career. He’ll probably finish this season just behind Curtis Martin, who is No. 4 all-time with 14,101 career rushing yards. If Gore doesn’t retire, he should pass Martin next year. Gore is probably unlikely to catch Barry Sanders and move into third place all-time, but as Gore noted on Sunday, a lot of people who have doubted him before have been proven wrong.

25 responses to “Frank Gore honored to pass one of his favorite players on the career rushing list

  1. Pinetop Perkins says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:28 am
    Quietest HOF career ever

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    Which means he is not a HOFer.

    No one can name one important or notable Frank Gore run.

  2. Gore I see one of the last of a dying breed. For him to still be productive and dependable at his age is incredible. Some on here have stated he isn’t a hof’er but I disagree. This guys entire body of work, durability, a dual threat earlier in his career, having a couple of serious injuries and still comes back and keeps chugging. I think some get mixed up cause they only see gore today as a decent fill in plodder type and think that’s how he’s been his entire career which couldn’t be farther from the truth. He was one of the best dual threat backs in the league for a good portion of his career in San Fran. He could run with power, finesse, good hands, hardly put the ball in the ground and never complained in the lean years. People, including myself have been writing him off for years and he has made me a believer. He is like Jason voorhees in the Friday the 13th movies, just keeps coming back when you think he’s finished. He will have a bust in canton someday.

  3. To address the “stat padding” criticism, Frank Gore currently has 3,139 career rushing attempts compared to 3,174 carries for LT. So it’s not like Gore passed LT (or others on the leaderboard) simply by having way more carries than they did. I understand the sentiment that some express about Gore’s Hall of Fame candidacy, but his all-around game (he’s phenomenal in pass protection) definitely make him a HoF guy in my opinion.

  4. Always been a huge fan of this guy, he runs low and with a lot of power and attitude. Love his style. Surprised he’s lasted this long playing like that.

  5. blkdogcreative says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:12 am
    Note to tylawspick6 says: 13,000 plus yards is Hall of Fame material. This guys has been amazing and clearly deserves to be in the HOF.

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    Absolutely not. Bloated offensive era.

    Pretending his accumulation of stats is the same as the HOFers in there, is a joke, means you’re a Millennial and never saw those other players play, and it means you don’t understand what a HOF player really is.

    Dungy, Bettis and Terrell Davis need to be removed from the HOF immediately. It’s embarrassing.

    When you read off a resume, it needs to be more than just 1 category of why they are HOFer, otherwise they are not a HOFer.

    It also means someone like Corey Dillon should be fitted for a gold jacket, yesterday.

  6. joker65 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Sometimes a HOF player ends up on lousy teams, doesn’t mean he wasn’t great.

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    Has nothing to do with it. When Bettis got in, I laughed because if he had played for a crap franchise, no one would say he should be in.

    If you look at Corey Dillon’s numbers they’re actually better than Bettis’s, if you factor in he played for the Bungles of the 1990s.

  7. Tylaws pick, are you seriously saying that Corey Dillon is better than Frank Gore? He was good for 2 games total. I am a Seahawks fan (Alexander was way better than Dillon by the way), and I can say without hesitation that Gore belongs in the conversation with Sanders, Smith, and Sweetness… And I grew up watching those guys.

  8. tylawspick6 says:

    December 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    joker65 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Sometimes a HOF player ends up on lousy teams, doesn’t mean he wasn’t great.

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    Has nothing to do with it. When Bettis got in, I laughed because if he had played for a crap franchise, no one would say he should be in.

    If you look at Corey Dillon’s numbers they’re actually better than Bettis’s, if you factor in he played for the Bungles of the 1990s

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    You are actually making my point for me. Bettis made the HOF because he played for a high profile team, while Gore might not make it because he played for teams that were not on the TV much. Don’t get me wrong, I loved watching Bettis play and I think he was agreat player. Was he head and shoulders above Gore in terms of ability or numbers though? No.

    As for Dillon, he was very good. He is exactly what I am trying to say about Gore, if Dillon had started his career with a good team, he may have made it. By the way, that season he had with the Pats was fantastic. He closed out a bunch of games for them that season.

  9. Frank Gore steadily put up stats on some very bad 49ers teams that had nothing other than Gore to stop on offense. I doubt anyone else in the top 5 saw as many 8 man fronts.

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