Frank Gore not approaching 2019 as final season

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Bills running back Frank Gore will enter the 2019 season with milestones in his sights and without thoughts of retirement on his mind.

As we noted on Saturday, Gore can move up to third place all-time in career carries and career rushing yards if he runs 137 times for 522 yards during the regular season. Taking over those spots might make for a fitting end to a stellar career, but Gore said he won’t be thinking about retirement until his body tells him that it is time to go.

“I just go how I feel,” Gore said from a football camp in Miami on Saturday, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “If I feel I can’t do it no more, then I call it.”

Gore signed a one-year deal with Buffalo and the Bills join the Dolphins, Colts and 49ers as teams that have had Gore carrying the ball out of their backfield. The 49ers were his first NFL team and Gore said he hopes to retire as a member of that team one way or another.

“I’m going to be a Niner, you know, I’ve been there — that’s who drafted me, gave me the opportunity to come into this league, to be a professional ball player, and I was there 10 years, man,” Gore said. “That’s my home, my second home. It would be right to go back — if I have to do a one-day [contract], sign that and I’ll be a Niner for life.”

Gore led the Dolphins in rushing last year and has been his team’s leading rusher in every season that he’s played a game. Should that streak continue in 2019, it’s probably a good bet that someone will give him a chance to continue the run in 2020.

31 responses to “Frank Gore not approaching 2019 as final season

  1. Also, a beast in pass protection. The ultimate team player who truly loves the game.

  2. I’ve never thought of Gore as a hof but but his #’s are saying otherwise. Probably will get in.

  3. It might be a stretch, but if Gore can gain 1978 more rushing yards he’ll actually surpass Walter Payton’s total rushing yard record of 16,726. Gore would likley need three years to do this, avreaging 660 yards per season. Gore just turned 36 years old. #NeverSayDie

  4. Frank Gore is the MAN

    Hope he gets a ring unless it’s against my team.

    Start tailoring his jacket and get ready to retire his number in 9ERS ring of honor.

  5. FantasyData says:
    July 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    It might be a stretch, but if Gore can gain 1978 more rushing yards he’ll actually surpass Walter Payton’s total rushing yard record of 16,726. Gore would likley need three years to do this, avreaging 660 yards per season. Gore just turned 36 years old. #NeverSayDie

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    If he had not spent the beginning of his career being injured often, he would probably be there now or very close to it. That’s the crazy part to me

  6. If Gore produces anywhere near what he did in Miami, He’ll definitely earn himself another contract in Buffalo. Gore averaged 4.6 YPC for 2018 at 35 years old.

    In Buffalo he’ll see an uptick in receptions and find himself doing a little more pass protection, but I can’t see him earning any less than 120+ carries along side Shady.

    Gore must live a healthy lifestyle… That or he has amazing genes. Either way 4.6 YPC is pretty damn good for a 35 year old RB.

  7. Always liked this guy from his days at UM. He is this generation’s Curtis Martin: tough runner, complete team first player. ALthough he may not have a ring, he truly is an all time great!

  8. The guy was haunted by constant ankle injuries early in his career. I thought with his run style and nagging injuries he would be completely out of the league by the age of 30. He is a warrior to have made it this far. This is not a guy who is hanging around just to compile numbers. He just wants to keep banging into people, and he still does it well.

  9. People forget this guy had major injuries to BOTH knees in college, and here he is playing longer than anyone else. Crazy

  10. He reminds me of Curtis Martin… quietly stacking up yards. Doesn’t get alot of publicity.

  11. Frank Gore played his first NFL game the same week that “Gold Digger” by Kanye West hit #1 on the Billboard charts. That’s pretty impressive. Here’s hoping he made it to a Benz out of that Datsun.

  12. Here is to Frank staying healthy mentally deep into his old age. He has taken a lot of knocks for us to watch a great football player do his thing.

  13. I’m sure he will make the HOF because he played 100 years, and he was a good guy, but at no point was he ever even the 3rd or 4th best running back in the league. He will essentially be the Don Sutton of the NFL Hall. Speaking of that….How is Jerome Bettis ushered in without much debate, but Corey Dillon is never even considered?

  14. EJ says:
    July 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Gore must live a healthy lifestyle… That or he has amazing genes. Either way 4.6 YPC is pretty damn good for a 35 year old RB.
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    Healthy lifestyle? Amazing genes? Gee, could there be ANY other explanation for a how a guy is playing RB at a bizarrely high level at an age when other guys are all retired?

  15. If all RB’s were as durable and productive as Frank Gore, they would all get bigger long-term deals.

  16. Most overrated RB since Terrell Davis. One guy had a short stretch, the other has a long stretch of bloated mediocrity in an offensive era.

  17. Imagine how good he could have been if he didn’t blow out BOTH of his knees in college. He’s a class act and leads by example. #3 all time, wowza.

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