Frank Gore still wants to play, hopes the right team calls

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Frank Gore is 38 years old, elderly by NFL running back standards, but he still believes he can play.

Gore told KNBR today that he doesn’t want to retire and is hoping a contending team gives him a shot.

I know that I can still play the game, I know I can help a team,” Gore said. “But it’s also got to be the right situation that I feel that I can be on a team that could go to the playoffs and get a chance to probably go to the Super Bowl. I know that I can still play the game of football, but I also want to be in the right situation on the right team.”

Gore said he has had some interest from some teams, but if the right opportunity doesn’t come along he’s open to the possibility that he has played his last NFL game.

“I talked to a couple teams, but my agent told me not to put any teams’ names out there. I kind of want to wait to training camp,” Gore said. “I want to feel that. I want to wait to see if it’s the right situation for me. . . . If a team calls and I feel like it’s right, i’ma do it. But if I don’t like the situation, I’ll say forget it and I’ll retire. . . . If I don’t feel like it’s the right situation, I’ll retire.”

With the Jets last year Gore started 14 games and carried 187 times for 653 yards, a career-low average of 3.5 yards per carry. Gore has 16,000 career rushing yards, third in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726).

9 responses to “Frank Gore still wants to play, hopes the right team calls

  1. I’ll say this, about Gore; He was an absolute hard, downhill runner who used to scare me all to hell when SF played the Seahawks. I’m hoping he gets the right AFC opportunity to add to his numbers, but otherwise, I’m really okay with him retiring. Nice career, respect earned.

  2. I’m thinking that any team that has a chance to go to the Super Bowl doesn’t need a 38 year old running back.

  3. Considering the knee injuries he had in college, hes been very durable.

    Still not a HOFer to me, was never the best in league at any point in his career and only finished in the top 5 in rushing one year, most of the time he was 9th or lower which is average…he just outlasted everyone.

  4. I love him, and he has a real passion for the game and a great work ethic. But if he still wants to play, he can’t pick his spot. He would be a great committee guy and mentor on a team full of young RBs. That is what he should be hoping for, not a spot on championship contender

  5. If he can find someone to sign him for the veteran mimimum with incentive bonuses, more power to him.

  6. mackcarrington says:
    June 3, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    I’m thinking that any team that has a chance to go to the Super Bowl doesn’t need a 38 year old running back.

    Remember when 33 year old Ottis Anderson won SB MVP for the Giants? Or when 40 year old Jerry Rice put up 1200 yards to help lead the Raiders to a SB appearance? Gore will outwork any player on any roster. Sure, his best days are behind him, but you never know when you might need a veteran to lead by example, and the kind of impact something like that could have on young players.

  7. I would like to see Dallas pick him up as a backup and mentor to Elliott, as well as Pollard. Teach Elliott some things and show him what it really takes. Pollard is talented, but more of a 3rd down back in space.

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