Frank Gore should be a lock for Canton

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The shrinking group of fans and pundits who think that running back Frank Gore doesn’t deserve a spot in Canton suggest that Gore shouldn’t be rewarded with a bronze bust and a gold jacket for longevity and padded stats. To those folks we continue to say, “Have you lost your minds?”

The question came up today, directed to the #PFTPM podcast. The clip is attached; the written version of the argument appears below.

Gore’s longevity and stats are precisely the reason for his inevitable enshrinement. He has survived, and thrived, for 15 years at a position that chews up and spits out an assembly line of ballcarriers, with long-term durability almost an impossibility given the constant and repeated collisions in which these men are involved.

Every running back would love to play 15 years. Every running back would love to join the four-member 15,000-yard club. Every running back would love to have a chance to leapfrog Barry Sanders on the all-time list, which Gore likely will accomplish by Halloween.

But very, very, very, very few can do it because of the physical demands and health consequences of repeatedly running into a brick walls that in many occasions are also running into them.

Incredibly, Gore has become even more durable with age. He missed 12 games from 2005 through 2010. Since 2011, he has missed only two games.

Through it all, he has 3,443 rushing attempts, 15,021 rushing yards, a highly-respectable average of 4.4 yards per carry, and another 459 touches in the passing game. That’s more than 3,900 times in the regular season that Gore has had the ball in his hands and, necessarily, a bull’s-eye all over his body.

He’s got nine 1,000-yard seasons. He has a career-high season of 1,695 yards. And he has a plausible shot at catching Walter Payton for No. 2 on the all-time list.

Gore also played in a Super Bowl, rushing for 110 yards in a game the 49ers nearly won. Barry Sanders didn’t play in a Super Bowl. Curtis Martin didn’t play in a Super Bowl. LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t play in a Super Bowl. Adrian Peterson hasn’t played in a Super Bowl. Eric Dickerson didn’t play in a Super Bowl.

Gore has more career rushing yards from all of them. All of them are, or will be, in Canton. Even if Gore doesn’t take another snap, he’s a Hall of Famer, and he should make it on the first ballot.

67 responses to “Frank Gore should be a lock for Canton

  1. If Curtis Martin is in the HOF, then Frank Gore should be. Not to sound harsh, but as soon as Martin was put in, “greatness” ceased to be a prerequisite for a HOF RB.
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    10 1,000 yard rushing seasons in a row.. in which he averaged 1336 rushing yards, 1657 scrimmage yards and 9 tds.

    If that’s not a HOF RB, what is??

  2. Why? Can u tell the story of the NFL without mentioning Frank Gore? Yes, yes u can. Same with Fitzgerald. They have done nothing of note other than play forever.

  3. He’s the Art Monk of running backs. Sorry bro, but the hall of very good is not in Canton.

  4. I absolutely loved watching Gore run hard against the Patriots Sunday. Seeing him surpass the 15k in person makes me feel special… It’s not often that someone can say they witnessed a feat like that first hand. I believe that with or without Singletary Gore will get to 1k on the season and surpass a few more along the way. Glad my team took the chance on him this year!

  5. ”Barry Sanders didn’t play in a Super Bowl. Curtis Martin didn’t play in a Super Bowl. LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t play in a Super Bowl. Adrian Peterson hasn’t played in a Super Bowl. Eric Dickerson didn’t play in a Super Bowl.”

    But they were all the most dominant running backs in the NFL for a length of time. Gore will make the HoF in the same way that Matt Stafford would make it if he played another 10 seasons. Counting stats.

  6. The HOF is for the best of the best. Gore has always been good, and sometimes very good. I don’t think he was considered the best any of his playing years. He’s been to the Pro Bowl 5 times, but never an All Pro. He has been very durably, but also very lucky. I like Frank Gore, but if there has to be an argument about if he deserves it or not, I would say that he’s probably not HOF material. I think too many people are getting in on sentiment, and not actual greatness through and through. I had him for one week in fantasy this year and he came through.

  7. I absolutely loved watching Gore run hard against the Patriots Sunday. Seeing him surpass the 15k in person makes me feel special… It’s not often that someone can say they witnessed a feat like that first hand. I believe that with or without Singletary Gore will get to 1k on the season and surpass a few more along the way. Glad my team took the chance on him this year!

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    I agree. And, the Pats could not stop him. A little more of him might have changed that game.

  8. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    He’s the Art Monk of running backs. Sorry bro, but the hall of very good is not in Canton.
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    Buddy, do you even know who Art Monk was?

    SMH.

  9. If Bettis is in, Gore should be in. The only difference in their careers is that Gore is unlikely to walkoff with a Superbowl win. If he manages that feat for the Bills he should get in twice.

  10. In addition to his fantastic rushing history, Frank has been a dominating (often devastating) blocker, the hardest working player on most team and a truly selfless player.

    This guy is exactly the type of player and man the hall should be welcoming. Stats are a bit part of FB, but they are not everything.

  11. To put together the successful career Frank Gore has authored after enduring major surgeries on both knees AND both shoulders is remarkable. Watch him compete in any game, under any situation and it’s obvious Gore doesn’t, nor has he ever taken one moment of any play off. Given Gore’s desire in competition, his work ethic and fearlessness of those he competes against along with the undisputed success he has deservedly enjoyed, he is exactly the quality of person who should be enshrined in Canton.

  12. Gore is my favourite player of all time.

    What is most amazing to me is that he amassed much of those yards and statistics on a terrible 49ers team. I’m an Alex Smith fan, but even the most die hard Smith fan cannot pretend he was anything above average pre-Harbaugh.

    Most terrible teams, chasing games don’t do it with a running game. You’re normally chasing the game and throwing for quick scores.

    Gore is a beast. His longevity should be applauded, but it shouldn’t be all he is known for. Guy runs hard whether his team is winning a close one or getting routed and he has always produced. He is clutch. He is a game changer. He is a game winner.

    Back in the mid 2000’s it was such a pleasure to watch this guy week in and week out. The other RB of the same era that I would compare him to would be Steven Jackson. Even on a rivals team, I respected how he approached the game.

    You’ll never see a bad word about Gore…as sad as it is, that is almost a good enough reason alone for him to join the HOF because today’s NFL is full of prima Donna diva’s who only have their own interest at heart…Gore was always about football first. Give that guy the ball and you’d never know whether his team was up by 30 points or down by 30. Every play was approached the same way. If only today’s players approached the game that way.

  13. joetoronto says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    He’s the Art Monk of running backs. Sorry bro, but the hall of very good is not in Canton.
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    Buddy, do you even know who Art Monk was?
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    We know who you are, an 85 username troll, you even hijacked my username today to post on Raider threads, you need to seek help buddy, at least PFT removed your post on Gore playing for the Bills, they are tired of your nonsense too.
    SMH.

  14. Even as a Seahawks fan, I’ve always had nothing but the utmost respect for Gore. In some of the games where he was the reason the 49ers beat the Seahawks, it was impossible to be truly mad because you gotta respect the greatness he brought to the game. It’s just much easier to cheer for him now that he’s on another team. And to me, he’s one of the few no-brainers whenever his time comes for the Hall of Fame.

  15. Gore makes himself small as well as any running back in history. His ability to run low thru the hole has always been his best trait for my money. Gore does deserve to be in the HOF.

    But I’d still make the argument that Ottis Anderson deserves to be in the HOF, if Gore is in. Anderson played 14 years in a much tougher era to run the football. Anderson broke the NFL rookie rushing record in 1979 with 1605 rushing yards – and added another 308 receiving yards for 1913 total yards in his rookie year in route to winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Anderson also has a Super Bowl MVP to his credit. As his performance in XXV at the age of 33 years old was one to see. Franco Harris, John Riggins, Emmitt Smith and Ottis Anderson are the only running backs to score touchdowns in two Super Bowls as well as winning the Super Bowl MVP Award. Anderson also won the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Put this man in the HOF!!!

  16. Yes, he has grinded out a Hall of Fame induction.

    However, if he passes Barry on the list, it simply does not translate to him being a better running back than Sanders. Same position, but it’s an apples to bananas comparison.

    If you get to 15K, you should be in. Whether it takes you 10 seasons or 15, you are one of the best to ever play. And those players belong in Canton.

  17. I forget Gore is still in the league. He has been around forever on garbage teams and is very good, not great. If Gore gets in, then we need to start considering Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick as well; they have been around a long time too and we forget they are still here.

  18. The numbers do not tell the story of Frank Gore. For that you have to go to the film (Mike Florio, I hope you can put together a highlight reel). Fast forward past all the amazing runs. Skip through the numerous passes caught (and even thrown). But keep your finger on the pause button when you see Frank picking up the blitz — time after time after time. You can add them up, but you can’t quantify their impact. For that you have to go to the film.

  19. Comparing Gore to McCown and Fitzpatrick just shows you have no football IQ.

    I’m not saying Gore has the same raw talent level as the elite backs of the past, but he is worthy of being in the same conversation and this notion of “he has just been around for ages” is rubbish.

    Are Fitz or McCown even near the top 20, let alone top 3/4 in any statistical category at their position? No. So stop it with those idiotic comments. The guy is only still playing because he is still productive. If he wasn’t, he too would be on the sideline and would be nowhere near the statistical leaders of his position.

  20. murphyslaw40 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    If you get to 15K, you should be in. Whether it takes you 10 seasons or 15, you are one of the best to ever play. And those players belong in Canton.

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    Here we could get into the today’s stats argument when referencing the 15K.

    Back when Ottis Anderson (10,273) retired in 1992 there were only 7 running backs – Payton, Dickerson, Dorsett, Brown, Franco, Riggins and OJ – with more rushing yards.

  21. hailtothenamechange says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    “He’s the Art Monk of running backs. Sorry bro, but the hall of very good is not in Canton.”

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    Art Monk is in the Hall of Fame, there, Broseph

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    Lets be honest. Any guy that has to wait 8 years to get in, may not be deserving. He got in because of longevity, as well as people feeling bad because he was a good guy. That’s a fact. I see Gore much of the same way. The HOF deludes itself by doing this because they let guys in who couldn’t hold a candle to the real HOF backs. Oh and Terrele Davis being in the HOF is a joke.

  22. SF4th&9ers says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    “….I’m not saying Gore has the same raw talent level as the elite backs of the past”

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    So he is just a good not great back with longevity on his side? Why on earth does he need to be in the HOF? Did he ever lead the league in rushing? Nope, never a top at his position. Do you put him on the same level as Payton, Brown, Sanders, E. Smith? Not even close. Then why put him in other than being a good back for a long time? He is nothing special, period!

  23. Oh and Terrell Davis being in the HOF is a joke.
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    For 3 years, he was the best RB in football, and arguably the best player period.

    While Barry, Emmitt, and Marshall were in their primes.

  24. “Back when Ottis Anderson (10,273) retired in 1992 there were only 7 running backs – Payton, Dickerson, Dorsett, Brown, Franco, Riggins and OJ – with more rushing yards.”

    Stop playing yourself. There are now 29 guys ahead of Ottis (who retired after 1992) even as the game has evolved to passing. Jerry Rice has been gone for 15 years, and still no one is coming close to him, though quarterbacks are now throwing for 5K.

    Cream rises to the top, regardless of era. Ottis only got 264 more yards than Ricky WWilliams, and played three more seasons. Are you going to shout from the mountaintops for Saint Ricky to be inducted?

  25. I didn’t know it was the NFL Hall of Famous Super Bowl Players. I always thought it was the NFL Hall of Fame. Of course Gore belongs.

  26. Only haters say he shouldn’t get in. He will get in no question about it. 15k? Insane. That’s a HOF career right there ladies and gentlemen.

  27. murphyslaw40 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    “Back when Ottis Anderson (10,273) retired in 1992 there were only 7 running backs – Payton, Dickerson, Dorsett, Brown, Franco, Riggins and OJ – with more rushing yards.”

    There are now 29 guys ahead of Ottis (who retired after 1992)

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    As I wrote, it was much tougher to run the football when Anderson played. If you cannot understand this then you were around when Anderson played and you don’t understand the game.

  28. He deserves it. But this makes me wonder if they are resisting putting him in because of longevity. what are they going to do when players come up without it. So does Cam Newton make it into the HOF based on only a 10 year career and 1 MVP season and one visit the the Superbowl? What about all the other players that last only 5-10 years. It sounds like age discrimination to me. IF he isn’t good enough to make a team then he isn’t on a team. If he is 50 and still can play why would that be held against him. If he is good enough he is good enough.

  29. joetoronto says:
    October 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    Too bad he ended up in Buffalo, such a shame.
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    The shame is you posting on Bills threads 24/7, morning, noon and night, no matter what time of the day, like you got to get your fix. Using all the usernames you do, logging in and out all day long. I see from the internet you say you are self employed, I doubt it very much, you are employed anywhere, all you do is post and post and post all day, all hours. The biggest troll on PFT. Nothing but a keyboard warrior. I doubt you would run that mouth in person in front of me or any of us Bills fans. A guy who lists his favorites as women and football, what girl would want you, you are on here all day long. And that condo you say you live in? I saw it, looks pretty run down to me. See, I go to Toronto, I know where you live buddy. You actually need to seek professional help, the sooner, the better.

  30. By your rationale, the Cowboys’ long snapper, L.P. Ladoucer, should be a lock for the HOF too. Ladoucer has played for 15 years and never missed a single game. In addition to longevity, Ladoucer has a legitimate claim to be possibly the best ever at his position – Gores not even in that conversation for his position.
    In 15 years Ladoucer has never had a single bad snap. Over 900 snaps on punts; over 400 snaps on FGs; and over 600 PATs.

  31. I’ve been watching NFL football for over 30 years and I still don’t give a damn about the hall of fame. It’s watered down at this point anyway. Put Dan Snyder in there for all I care.

  32. Not always a big fan of the longetivy argument but in the case of running backs it holds. It’s a brutal position and to be successful at it for as long as Gore has matters. Never the best back in football but always in the top 3 or 4 in his prime.

  33. “….I’m not saying Gore has the same raw talent level as the elite backs of the past”

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    So he is just a good not great back with longevity on his side? Why on earth does he need to be in the HOF?

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    Being great without having natural born raw talent might make you even more eligible for the HOF when you’re able to achieve the numbers he has because it has taken hard work, determination and the right mind set.

    You can have some athletes who are so naturally gifted, yet they don’t have the mind or work rate of a champion (AB??)

    Having to constantly work at your game to stay relevent is a bigger pro than someone who is naturally gifted and throws it all away (Aldon Smith?)

    It is such a weak argument to say he “only” has longevity.

    Does Tom Brady only put up his numbers because he has been in the league for so long? Does Tom Brady have the greatest raw talent? Best Arm? Best escapability? Insert whatever statistic you want, Tom Brady is not “raw talent”. His combine numbers didn’t make him get taken in the first round.

    Fact is you can become great with hard work and determination towards your craft. That’s worth more than someone who pisses away natural talent.

  34. The issue of Gore in the HoF, much like Eli, is not so much a question of if, but when. The Hall places a great deal of weight to placing a player in the HoF in their first year of eligibility and quite frankly, any player who’s inclusion in the HoF is a matter of spirited debate is not worthy of being inducted on their first ballot. Neither Eli nor Gore are likely to be inducted on their first ballot, and may even have to wait two or three years to hear that knock on the door. But the question of whether they are worthy of induction at all can only be answered with a resounding yes.

  35. The crazy thing is his longevity was in doubt before he was even drafted due to tearing the ACL in both knees ( separate injuries) while in college. Also had a torn meniscus as well.

  36. The guy is amazing. I’ve often wondered if his surgically repaired knees were better / stronger than the ones he was born with, allowing him to run further and play longer than nearly anyone else.

  37. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    He’s the Art Monk of running backs. Sorry bro, but the hall of very good is not in Canton.
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    If Terrell”Half Career” Davis can get in the Gore should be a first ballot HoF’er no question! Terrell ONLY had 4 good years out of 8, if there was ever a RB that shouldn’t have gotten in its Davis!

    ONLY having a half career(4yrs) of great numbers shouldn’t even be enough for consideration into the HoF, what’s next a guy has 2 good years and gets in, letting Terrell in just laid the bar for getting in the HoF on the floor!!!

  38. Someone said, “can you tell the story of the NFL without him”. No, they will talk about his stats and durability for a long time. And that is not what judges if a player makes the hall of fame. I am pretty sure you can tell the story of the NFL without mentioning Kevin Mawae, an offensive lineman from the Jets, and he is being inducted this year. And Mawae deserves it too.

  39. One smart thing that Gore did was he didn’t become a diva about money. In the past few years, he has made himself an affordable option as a third-string running back. What’s crazy is that he stole the starting job and the guy ahead of him got dumped. Ajayi got traded and Gore became the starter and Shady got cut in Buffalo. According to Miami, a 62-year-old Frank Gore > Ajayi. According to Buffalo, a 63-year-old Gore > Shady.

  40. lemonphosphate says:
    October 2, 2019 at 11:33 am
    He’s a good player but he’s not a great player. Seems obvious to me.
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    Sure because 100s of players have 9 1000 yard seasons and 15,000 yards. The guy is great, but the question is whether or not he is “Hall of Fame” great. I don’t think so, but the people who vote probably will,

  41. Kudos to Frank and, yes…
    He deserves to be considered for the HOF.
    A football players’ football player, if ever there was one.
    Solid as they come.

    Thanks for all the work you did in SF. An honor and a privilege to have you there.
    Come back and retire as a 9er when you’re ready. 😀

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