With 86 yards in Week 15, Frank Gore brought his total to 1,017 for the season. It’s the seventh time in his nine year career that he’s broken the 1,000 yard mark. He failed to do so in 2005 when, as a rookie, he only received 127 carries and in 2010 when injuries limited him to 11 games.
Gore is also coming close to achieving something that only 28 other players in NFL history have, 10,000 career rushing yards. Gore currently ranks 30th on the all time list with 9,856. He needs 144 yards over the next two games to hit the mark this season. If it was up to his coaches and teammates, Gore would ideally reach the milestone at home during the final game at Candlestick park.
“Frank’s just an amazing person, an amazing player,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “You kind of wish everybody, all the fans, could be around him just to see how special a guy he is, how committed he is to his team and it’s from the heart. It’s not a bunch of fake rah-rah. This guy lives it, breathes it and it means so much to him. A lot of those yards have been tough yards, really tough yards. Coming to work with Frank is an honor. We’d love to see him get to 10,000 here.”
Gore has one year remaining on his contract with the 49ers. There was some talk in the offseason that if Gore showed signs of slowing down, he might be released by the team. Given how well he’s played in 2013, it would be surprising if the 49ers let him go at this point. If healthy, Gore should continue to climb up the list and make a serious case for the Hall of Fame.
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