The fact that Gore was never considered the best back in the league in any year he’s played may be part of it. Jason Witten: The only non-Hall of Famers who have been named to more … By the way, he was considered elite in 2006, when he was third in rushing with 1,695 yards and a league-best (for rushers with at least 200 carries) 5.4 yards per rush.

Gore didn’t win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Consistent yes. Anyone who doesn’t think Frank Gore will be in the Hall of Fame is clinically insane. The only player to rush for more yards after age 31 than Johnson is…Frank Gore (5,322 yards and counting). The only eligible player not in is Edgerrin James, who has been getting closer in recent years. Adrian Peterson is still playing, but he should be a lock as the best back of his era. Alex Smith’s progression from a hospital bed to a treadmill in one striking video. His longevity is remarkable. Last week, he was in a Redskins marketing photo.

4.4 yards per rush. The only two backs in front of Gore: Emmitt Smith (dead lock cinch) and Walter Payton (dead lock cinch). All three players were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will not be available for Thursday Night Football vs. the Green Bay Packers. I looked at the 26 HOF backs with at least 1,000 carries since 1950 and compared them to Gore. Perhaps most surprisingly, Gore has become more durable with age, missing a mere two games since 2011. There’s more. Last Sunday, in the first game of the 2018 NFL season, Gore had a typical Frank Gore day. Hugh McElhenny and Larry Csonka each led the league in yards per carry once.

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Gore has been to five Pro Bowls, but he too has never been an All-Pro. He’s also sixth all time in touchdowns (145) and not 25th like Gore (98). Yet when one looks at those backs, we find Hall-of-Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, James, Shaun Alexander and Jamal Lewis. The 35-year-old Gore shared the ball with 24-year-old Kenyan Drake, who ran more often than he did but for fewer yards. Frank Gore? Last year’s first-ballot class included Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey, a trio no one reputable would argue with. In 13 full NFL seasons plus one 2018 game, Frank Gore has run for 14,087 yards, yet has never once led the league in rushing. Likely victory by 49ers’ picks in Santa Clara council could weaken mayor’s hand The 49ers injury issues led to some unexpected statistical leaders early in the season, but even a small wave of healthy games changed that. Don’t know but ask Edgerrin James, who feels like he may be in the same boat as Gore. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Reporter analyzing advanced sports statistics for The Washington Post, Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events, players with careers of similar length and quality to Gore’s. Frank Gore?

But, I mean, obviously the pros are gonna outweigh the cons, so when you come down to it you have to make a decision and I don’t think there’s any question what decision will be made.”. In fact, Gore has averaged more yards per carry than Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, and ranks even with Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson and ahead of Martin (4.0 yards per carry). But whereas Campbell was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, Alexander can't even get into the room as a finalist for HOF discussion.

The other two are in the Hall of Fame. He averaged 6.8 yards a carry, rushing nine times for 61 yards in Miami’s 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans and played a key role in the Dolphins’ first scoring drive. His name is not Jerry Rice, who Gore passed last season.

He left in 2016 and joined the Colts in 2018. Now, he plans to give up his season tickets. Change ), Frank Gore: The Inconvenient Hall of Fame Case, NFL Week 13 Predictions: “Watt the Faulk?” Edition – Scott Kacsmar: NFL Writing Archive, NFL Week 8 Predictions: Steelers vs. Ravens, NFL Week 7 Predictions: Steelers at Titans. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Did anybody, while Gore was active, ever suggest that he was the best player in the NFL? One could say the same of his oddly unnoticed but highly productive 14-year career. The other two are in the Hall of Fame. All four rank behind Gore in rushing yards, with Tomlinson sixth, James 13th, Lewis 24th and Alexander 36th. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER.

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( Log Out /  The 36-year-old is often mentioned as a future Hall of Famer, and his placement in rushing yards alone is a pretty strong argument for that. That’s certainly good, but several of the players ranked ahead of him have had no HOF traction since their careers didn’t last as long as Gore’s has. Earl Morrall was the NFL's ultimate relief pitcher, stepping in for injured Hall of Fame quarterbacks to lead two different franchise to the Super Bowl. In his second season (2006), Gore broke out with 1,695 rushing yards, good for third in the NFL. That’s awesome, but it’s taken him 105 games to get to that point. Gore doesn’t get the respect he deserves and is a no brainer for a Hall of Fame induction. Gore suffered that hip injury in the 12th game of the 2010 season. He was more than serviceable but less than spectacular. https://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2020/05/20/frank-gore-hall-of-fame-tom-rathman/, Report: 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19, Candlestick Chronicles: A new Jimmy Garoppolo question, 49ers injury report: Jaquiski Tartt, Richie James return to practice, 49ers waive WR Dante Pettis, DL Jullian Taylor, 49ers rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk having historically good season, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. When you look at the 30 running backs with 10,000 or more rushing yards, Gore doesn’t even stand out among the nonmembers of the Hall of Fame. Was Gore a HOFer after his 10 years in San Francisco (2005-2014) ended? Would hanging around for four more years and getting over 17,000 yards from scrimmage and 100 TD make McCoy a HOFer? So why isn't he in Canton. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. With Frank Gore’s long career winding down to an end, the Hall of Fame question is starting to pop up.The Indy Star’s Jim Ayello posed the question to the man himself. Allen still won a rushing title, MVP, Super Bowl MVP, OROY and was twice voted All-Pro in his career. (Approximate value is a method, created by Doug Drinen, of putting a single numerical value on any player’s season, at any position, from any year.). The good news is he’s not finished yet. Gary Peterson is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group. Former Rams' defensive tackle Larry Brooks was a star on an exceptional defense. Yeah there are gonna be pros. Among the 15 other running backs to rush for at least 12,000 yards, 13 of them are in Canton. Let’s address each point with its own section. But I bet if you surveyed the locker room of the surprising Buffalo Bills I bet you’d find a bunch of guys who would sing his praises, and not only for what he has done on the field (146 carries, 552, two touchdowns). By the time Drake was a budding 16-year-old star at Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga., his future running mate with the Dolphins was coming back from surgery on both shoulders and a broken hip. Granted, in his 15th year, he’s not vintage Gore. What of Gore’s standing among NFL running backs? They were, for one bright, shining moment, brilliant.

Tedy Bruschi didn't compile HOF numbers but he had a HOF impact so is he worthy of a bust in Canton? You almost could argue he has the weakest case of any of the 31 backs with 10,000 rushing yards in NFL history. Simpson (4), Earl Campbell (3), Leroy Kelly (2), Joe Perry (2), LaDainian Tomlinson (2), Walter Payton (1), Marcus Allen (1), Curtis Martin (1), Jim Taylor (1), Floyd Little (1), and Terrell Davis (1). In total, 15 backs in the modern era have gone first ballot. If spectacular is the measuring stick, Frank Gore will face the same uphill fight getting to Canton he faced getting into the NFL after blowing out ACLs in both knees while still at the University of Miami. The 16 HOFers averaged 4.8 seasons in the top 5 in rushing in their careers. Marcus Allen had two such seasons, but he was famously misused by Al Davis as part of their ongoing beef. Which is why Troy Polamalu could make it on his first try in 2020.

In 2003, Lewis rushed for 2,006 yards to become the league’s MVP. He’s the starting running back for a team at an “advanced” age. However, another rash of injuries may change that by year's end. If he manages to score five touchdowns this season Gore will … Was Gore the best player at his position? The 15 nonmembers, not including Gore, averaged an Approximate Value score of 10.5 per 16 games. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. Yet those 61 yards left Gore only 15 rushing yards short of passing Hall-of-Famer Curtis Martin to become the fourth all-time leading rusher in NFL history.