Frank Gore closing in on the Top 5 for all-time rushing yards

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Frank Gore is a rare running back who’s still able to play at a high level into his 30s, rushing for 1,025 yards last season at the age of 33. If he can do that again at age 34, he’ll join some truly elite company.

Gore is already the active rushing leader, with 13,065 career yards, and the only players ahead of him in NFL history are Hall of Famers. If Gore equals his 2016 production this year, he’ll move ahead of three of those Hall of Famers — Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson — and into the Top 5 in NFL history. He’d also then be just behind No. 4 Curtis Martin, who retired with 14,101 yards.

Another 1,000-yard season would be the 10th of Gore’s career, tying him with Martin, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders for the second most 1,000-yard seasons in NFL history. Only Emmitt Smith, with 11 1,000-yard seasons, has more.

It’s probably a long shot to think Gore will last long enough to pass Sanders (15,269 career yards), Payton (16,726) and Smith (18,355) on the all-time rushing list. But it’s easy to see Gore moving into fourth place all-time, and making a strong case for himself as a Hall of Famer.

35 responses to “Frank Gore closing in on the Top 5 for all-time rushing yards

  1. If Harbaugh, G Ro. Geep, or whoever was calling plays calls a handoff to Gore inside the 5 in that Super Bowl instead of those fade routes Gore and Vernon Davis are sure bet Hall of Famers.

  2. No, simply piling up a lot of yards with a lot of carries doesn’t make you a Hall of Famer. At least it shouldn’t. Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis don’t belong there. I don’t want someone with a career 4.4 yards per carry in the Hall of Fame. That’s what Frank Gore has.

  3. smarter than you says:
    Jul 21, 2017 1:34 PM
    He is already more worthy of the Hall than half the running backs already in there.

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    Based on what?

  4. It will take several years, but Frank Gore will eventually be in the HOF. But he hasn’t been playing at a high level the last couple years, and another mediocre season or two really isn’t helpful to his cause. Gore’s only had a couple hundred yard games to his credit over the last two seasons, and his ypc is heading south big time.

    Jerome Bettis ended his career on a high note, with six hundred yard games in his next to last season for a 15-1 club, then in a part time role, delivering a huge game in a critical regular season game in his last season.

  5. This man is a rushing machine. Frank Gore will keep on churning until the wheels fall off. Salute to a hall of fame career 21/23. The bay will forever love you.

  6. And for the fan who suggested yards per carry is more important than total yards, Jamaal Charles will never be in Canton.

    Yards per carry doesn’t carry the day, not even close.

  7. Didn’t he have two huge knee injuries in college, leading Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee to surpass him on the Hurricanes’ depth chart?

    And if that’s accurate, how on Earth is he still playing?

  8. Yards per carry is a deceptive stat imo. While in many cases it can be impressive, it’s not always indicative of the type of productive a team wants out of a running back, especially in this day and age. The consistency that allows for someone Gore’s age to carry for over a thousand yards a season is what GMs want to compliment the passing game.

    Also, if Gore ends up fourth overall, there’s no way he’s not a hall of famer. Voters love longevity and consistency and Gore has already provided both with seemingly some time left.

  9. So Walter Payton doesn’t belong in the Hall either? Ooookay then…

    “I don’t want someone with a career 4.4 yards per carry in the Hall of Fame.”

  10. Do it Frank The Tank!!!!! We miss you in San Fran, bud. Make Jed York look like the moron he is for letting you go.

  11. lingsun54 says:
    Jul 21, 2017 1:38 PM
    No, simply piling up a lot of yards with a lot of carries doesn’t make you a Hall of Famer. At least it shouldn’t. Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis don’t belong there. I don’t want someone with a career 4.4 yards per carry in the Hall of Fame. That’s what Frank Gore has.

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    Oh, so based on your criteria, Emmitt Smith with his 4.2ypc average should be removed the the HOF?

  12. He was the start of the 49ers when they were absolutely horrible. This guy is well beyond the HOF threshold. The biggest reason you wanted this guy on your team because you never heard about him in the off-season being arrested for some stupid stuff or getting suspended for drug use. Best 49er running back of all time!

  13. According to Emmitt Smith, that would make him the 5th-greatest running back of all time.

  14. For those who apparently didn’t know, Walter Payton’s yards per carry was identical to Gore’s at 4.4. So I guess Payton doesn’t belong in the HOF either–not! The one word that always has described Frank Gore is ‘warrior”. All the guy does is come to work with his lunch pail every day. You never hear of complaints from teammates about him and you never hear negatives in the press. He just does what needs to be done and oh yeah–he’ll probably be the #4 runner all time when he retires. HOF for sure.

  15. wny49er says:
    Jul 21, 2017 2:32 PM
    He was the start of the 49ers when they were absolutely horrible. This guy is well beyond the HOF threshold. The biggest reason you wanted this guy on your team because you never heard about him in the off-season being arrested for some stupid stuff or getting suspended for drug use. Best 49er running back of all time!

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    Uh, Roger Craig?

  16. Gore is 5 yards in the SB away from being a surefire HOFer. He played on some awful teams with no passing offense and constantly ran into 8 or 9 man fronts and still managed to produce some yards out of it. His vision, ability to get low and fit through the narrowest gaps in the defense along with his pass blocking have all been a sight to behold. Incredible RB that made the most of playing behind some awful OLs.

  17. lingsun54 says:
    Jul 21, 2017 1:38 PM
    No, simply piling up a lot of yards with a lot of carries doesn’t make you a Hall of Famer
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    It is exactly what makes a Hall of Famer. Durability and longevity at a position that chews players up and spits them out is what separates the great ones from the pack. I get the Bettis argument (3.9 per is just not acceptable) but Gore has averaged 4.4 and did it playing mostly for weak teams. Of the top 10 RB’s in the Hall only two had more YPC than Gore. Do you really think Smith, Payton, Dickerson, Dorsett, Allen or Thurman Thomas aren’t Hall of Famers?

  18. After the knee injuries Gore suffered at the U, it didn’t look like he’d even have an NFL career. Now look at him. This guy’s as tough as anybody who ever played the game. And he’s physically efficient, one cut and go; if he’d played for Mike Shanahan, he’d have had a 2,000-yard season. HOF for sure, no matter what happens from here on out.

  19. I have a love/hate kinda thing for this guy. Frank has been the bane of the Seahawks’ existence. I remember him running for over 200 yards in a literal flood, every set of stadium stairs had a waterfall running down it. Only time I have ever seen Seattle fans rained out of a game. He was their offense after Rice left. I cannot recall him ever getting less than 100 yards against my Hawks at home.

  20. I love Frank Gore. He’s what a pro football player should be. He’s all in. 100%. Young players should follow him around and copy every move he makes. He played on some lousy San Francisco teams that had Alex Smith as their QB. The defenses keyed on Gore, encouraging Smith to throw. They were rarely enjoying 4th quarter leads, where RBs such as Emmitt Smith were able to pad their stats against worn out defenses who had thrown in the towel. Everything Gore got, he earned it the hard way. Despite that, Frank has had a HOF career. But I hate what I’m seeing in Indy. Frank is a couple years removed from his prime, to say the least. Andrew Luck was drafted onto a team that had just gone 2-14. They immediately posted three 11-5 seasons in a row. Most of the wins were a product of Andrew Luck being the dominant player that he is. They made it all the way to the AFC Championship game in Luck’s third year. They accomplished that with Trent Richardson as their starting RB. The next season they signed an aging Frank Gore. Instead of getting better, the Colts have put up back to back 8-8 seasons. Sure, Frank is climbing the all time rushing charts, but it’s been very costly to the team. Gore is a shadow of his former self, and his 1st down carries are going nowhere, often leaving the team in sure passing situations. Those situations are taking their toll on their franchise QB, as he is getting pounded. I would love to see the Colts send Frank back to San Francisco, where he can finish out his career, and continue working on his personal accomplishments.

  21. Lol, some of these knuckleheads that will cite his avg rush.
    Emmitt, Walter, OJ and Thurman all had equal or fewer yards per carry.
    Do any of those guys belong in the HOF?

    I watched this guy for my niners for many years. He was a beast. He could slither through the smllest crack and pick up 4 – 5 yards when there was no hole.

    To have the career he’s had after two major knee surgeries before he got the NFL is nothing short of miraculous.

    Give the man his gold coat.

  22. .

    The only thing rare about Gore is his constant need to tap himself out every other run.
    so annoying for fantasy… omg I just need 5 more yards from frank. what oh he is on the bench resting after that 3 yard run

  23. Frank gore ran for over a thousand yards for the colors last year. At his age, that is incredible. Gore is a true hog. He practices just as hard as he plays on game day. One of the most durable guys for over a decade. Truly amazing.

  24. 1. Frank Gore has done enough to merit 1st ballot induction in any era

    2. He has put up his numbers in an era of passing-game dominance and RB committees – meaning it is more remarkable, but also that there won’t be any kind of “log jam” at his position, the kind we see for WRs awaiting HoF induction these days

    3. He is a model player, teammate and citizen, at a time when the NFL has constant character issues

    This guy will be in the HoF no matter what. 1st ballot, no question.
    I say this as a lifelong Seahawks fan. Gore should be mentioned, at least, in any conversation of Greatest RBs

  25. Quiet professional who’s been doing it at a high level for a long time. His #’s say HOF but I’m not sure if voters will give him the credit he deserves because he’s so low-key

  26. Class act. Consummate teammate. Workhorse. Consistent and had Kaepernick handed the ball off to him instead of throw an INT, he’d be a super bowl champion as well. He gets my vote for the HOF.

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