After 16-years within the NFL, Frank Gore calls it a profession simply 2,355 yards shy of Emmitt Smith’s all-time speeding file. Gore will signal a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers to retire with the group that drafted him method again in 2005.
Gore ends his profession because the third-main rusher in league historical past, greater than 1,000 yards forward of the following lively participant on the record, Adrian Peterson. After Peterson, the following two lively gamers are Mark Ingram and Ezekiel Elliot. Neither participant has reached 8,000 yards to this point. So, it’s secure to say Gore can be ranked third all-time for fairly a couple of years.
However what about Gore’s legacy? There aren’t many groups left within the NFL that depend on one working again to hold the ball 25 plus instances per sport, smashing it down opponents’ throats. Earlier than stepping away, Gore was one of many final run-it between the tackles, every-down backs left within the league. That model was a part of Gore’s declare to fame throughout his prime taking part in days with the Niners.
Whereas Gore ends his profession with the third-most speeding yards of any again to ever tote an NFL rock, that doesn’t essentially imply he’s the third best again the league has ever seen. It means Gore was excellent and tremendous constant for a really very long time. Gore rushed for over 1,000 yards in 9 out of 11 seasons from 2006 to 2016. While you consider hard-nosed, powerful gamers, Gore is without doubt one of the first that ought to come to thoughts.
It likely would have taken Gore another three seasons or longer to reach Smith’s record of 18, 355 rushing yards. Over Gore’s final three years (2018-2020), he averaged 658 yards rushing per season. And he didn’t play in 2021, so who knows where he would be physically if he’d returned in 2022. Gore ends his career in the top 20 (19th) for all-time rushing TDs with 81.
Unfortunately for Gore, he came along during the same time as guys like Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Marshawn Lynch. No matter where you rank them, they got more publicity nationally than Gore for most of their careers. And Frank was one of the more durable running backs we’ve seen over the last 20 years. In 16 years, Gore only had one where he played in fewer than 14 games, and that season (2010), he suited up for 11.
I think Gore will be remembered as somewhat of an ironman, having not missed many games during his time as an NFL player. He was a five-time pro bowl selection and was selected to the 2010s All-Decade team. I rank Gore somewhere in the top 15-20 of all-time NFL backs. One thing that hurts Gore, when compared to some of the other great running backs, is that he was never considered the best back in the league, having never been selected All-Pro. And he by no means led the league in speeding both. I do know it’s nitpicking, however that should be factored in.
What Gore didn’t accomplish doesn’t matter a lot as a result of he achieved greater than sufficient to be thought-about probably the greatest of his period. He’s a clear-cut Corridor of Famer, whether or not it’s the primary or fifth poll. Finally, Gore can be becoming a member of the opposite all-time greats with a bust in Canton at some point. Now Gore is free to give attention to his boxing profession and getting his rematch with former NBA All-Star Deron Williams.