Bill Belichick addresses Frank Gore’s “legendary” career

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The debate regarding Jets running back Frank Gore‘s candidacy for the Hall of Fame already should have been over. If not, it should now be.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has chimed in on Gore’s career, and it’s clear that the greatest coach of all time believes that Gore belongs in Canton.

“[I have a] tremendous amount of respect for Frank,” Belichick told reporters on Friday. “He’s had a great, great career — incredibly durable, tough, consistent. He has a great playing style. I know he gives great leadership and toughness to the teams he’s been on — I mean, that’s really legendary. But, yeah, I have a tremendous amount of respect competing against him. He’s had one of the great careers at his position in the National Football League. Just very, very impressive.”

Gore, through years of consistency and determination, has become No. 3 on the all-time leading rusher list. In an era that has seen offenses swing away from the running game, it’s a tremendous accomplishment.

Making it even more impressive is his durability at one of the most physically demanding positions in the NFL.

So, yes, Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer. Belichick’s assessment of Gore should settle it.

It already should have been settled.

12 responses to “Bill Belichick addresses Frank Gore’s “legendary” career

  1. A coaches comments to the media before playing an opponent should not be the basis on whether a player gets into the HOF or not.

  2. Gore belongs there. People will argue that only players who “changed the game” belong in the hall. How many other running backs have played as well as Gore has for as long as he has? Next to none. That’s game changing in and of itself.

  3. Sometimes HOF careers are more than just stats. It has to do with the effect he has on his team. Gore was, a lot like Walter Payton, on some bad teams (the 49ers for almost a decade) where opposing teams knew all they had to do was stop the star RB and you stop the offense. Both were still able to raise the level of the pathetic offenses of their respective teams. Imagine if he was like Emmette Smith, with the best OL in football, a HOF QB and WR and HOF head coach. Gore made bad teams at least respectable and substantially mediocre teams contenders, maybe not true contenders but gave them an outside chance. Gore belongs in the HOF.

  4. I wouldn’t argue that frank gore has had a good career, or even be a hall of famer, but i don’t see him as one of the games great running backs. He’s just padding his stats by signing on to bottom dweller teams where he’ll get playing time. More power to him for that. If he’s healthy enough to play, and WANTS to play, he should play as long as he can and as long as some team is willing to sign him. And his padded stats may look great, but i don’t see him as an all time great. His numbers and longevity will probably get him into the HOF though.

  5. bkinacti0n says:
    November 6, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    A coaches comments to the media before playing an opponent should not be the basis on whether a player gets into the HOF or not.


    Maybe so, but when Belichick makes a point to say something like that about a player, people often listen, and Gore is obviously deserving anyway.

  6. Gore definitely belongs, no question. How many RBs last into the late 30’s, and stay effective?

    Go ahead, I’ll wait.

  7. @andyreidsmustache
    Yea Gore’s been real effective, has cracked 4 yards per carry all of 1 time in the last 6 years. While most backs dont last into the late 30’s dont confuse longevity with being effective.

  8. Nothing but a compiler who played a super long time. How many years can anybody say he was thought of as the best back in the NFL? MAYBE one. To me that’s not a real Hall of Famer.

  9. Couldn’t agree less with a HOF career. Serviceable running back that played a long time. It’s the same thing for Rivers, who should never get into the most elite football club there is

  10. Averaged 1100 yds for ten years in San Fran at about 4.6 yds per carry with 64 rushing tds. Way more than “serviceable” my friend.

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