With Colts running back Frank Gore climbing even higher on the all-time rushing list, it’s becoming more and more clear that he’ll eventually have a bust in Canton.
With 749 rushing yards in 2016, Gore has leapfrogged seven players, moving from No. 15 all the way to No. 8.
With 470 yards to go until he passes Eric Dickerson, Gore likely will remain in his current spot until next year, if he plays another season. With 891 more yards, he’ll pass Dickerson, Jerome Bettis, and LaDainian Tomlinson for No. 5 on the list.
Even if Gore doesn’t gain another yard, he likely has done enough to get to the Hall of Fame, especially since there isn’t a long list of running backs with Canton-worthy credentials waiting to get in. (Tomlinson is the only retired running back with a real shot.) Beyond Gore and Adrian Peterson (who has 11,725 career yards), no active player has 10,000 yards. (Chris Johnson has 9,537, and Matt Forte has 9,386.)
If the voters will be looking for running backs to add to the Hall of Fame, Gore and Peterson are the primary two whose names will come up over the next decade. And it may be only those two for the next two decades, unless DeMarco Murray (6,231) can continue to churn out big yards over the next few years and Ezekiel Elliott does for another 10 years or so what he’s doing as a rookie.