Frank Gore – San Francisco 49’ers #21

San Francisco 49’ers #21

Franklin Gore was born on 14th May 1983, in Miami, Florida.

He played his college football for the University of Miami, representing the Miami Hurricanes, where he got the third-best total rushing yards in school history for a freshman (562). His sophomore season as a washout after suffering a torn ACL but returned in his junior season to post a combined rushing and receiving yardage of 573 and two touchdowns before re-tearing his ACL.

In his senior season he returned and managed to play without injury, racking up 945 rushing yards and eight touchdowns plus 106 receiving yards.

In the 2005 NFL Draft, Gore was selected as the 65th overall pick by the San Francisco 49’ers. In his rookie season, Gore led the 49’ers in rushing yards (608) becoming the first rookie 49’er to do so since 1983.

In his second season, Gore was considered the 49’ers number one running back and he showed why as he set a franchise record of 1,695 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns – tied for third-most in franchise history. He gained another franchise record with 2,180 combined yards (485 receiving). Against the Seahawks, Gore set the 49’ers single-game rushing record with 212 yards. He also set the franchise record for most 100+ yard games in a season with (9). He was named to his first Pro Bowl as the NFC’s starting running back.

In 2008, Frank became the first running back in 49’ers history to run 1,000+ yards in three consecutive seasons. 2009 saw him become only the second player in NFL history to notch two rushing touchdowns of 75+ yards in a single game – the other being Hall of Fame legend Barry Sanders. He was also selected for his second Pro Bowl. 2010 saw him end the season on the IR list after breaking his right hip in Game Week 12.

In 2011 the 49’ers hired Jim Harbaugh as head coach and the team responded with a 13-3 season, eventually losing out to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Gore became the franchise record holder for most consecutive games with 100+ yards. Gore also became the leading rusher in franchise history the same season, as he passed Joe Perry’s previous mark of 8,689 yards.

In 2012, Gore became the all-time franchise leader in rushing touchdowns (51) as the 49’ers won the NFC West. They reached the Super Bowl, losing out to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. Frank ended the season with 1,214 yards on 258 carries and eight touchdowns. He was selected to play in his fourth Pro Bowl.

In 2013, Gore dismissed doubts about his age as reached 30 by finishing the season with 1,128 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns on 279 carries. 2014 was Franks last season in San Francisco and he marked it by becoming only the 29th player to reach the 10,000 career rushing yard mark in the first game of the season against Dallas.In his final game for the 49’ers, Gore rushed for 144 yards and finished the season with 1,106 rushing yards and four touchdowns plus 111 receiving yards with an extra touchdown.

His ten-year spell with the 49’ers was followed by three years in Indianapolis after they acquired him on a three-year contract after turning down the Eagles. He marked his first season with a respectable 967 rushing yards and six touchdowns, but that was also the first season in his career where he didn’t reach the 1,000-yard mark. He climbed to fifteenth in the all-time career rushing yards chart. Gore finished his second season with the Colts on 1,302 total yards with eight touchdowns split evenly between receiving and rushing, placing him eighth on the all-time rushing list.

2017 saw him reach fifth on the all-time rushing list and only the fifth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 rushing yards. As a free agent, Gore signed for the Miami Dolphins for 2018 on a one-year contract. It was the first season in his career without a rushing touchdown – he got a receiving touchdown – but he did manage to move up to fourth on the all-time rushing list

2019 saw the veteran sign another one-year deal, this time with the Buffalo Bills.  During Week 4 against the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, Gore became the fourth player in NFL history to run for 15,000 yards after rushing 17 times for 109 yards, also becoming the second-oldest player in NFL history with a 100+ yard rushing game. Game Week 12 saw him move past Barry Sanders into the third spot on the all-time rushing list

2020 sees 37-year-old Gore on another one-year deal, having signed with the New York Jets, where he will be competing for carries with LeVeon Bell as he attempts to move closer to that number two spot on the all-time rushing list, held by Walter Payton with 16,726 yards.