One of the most durable and dependable running backs in recent memory is calling it a career. Frank Gore, who played 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills, said on Bovada Instagram Live that he plans to sign a one-day contract with the 49ers at some point in the next few months so that he can retire as a member of the team that drafted him.
Gore was a third-round pick (No. 65 overall) out of the University of Miami back in 2005. He spent the first decade of his career in San Francisco before playing three years in Indianapolis and then one season each with Miami, New York, and Buffalo.
He finished his playing career with 3,735 carries for exactly 16,000 yards, third-most in NFL history behind only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Gore ran for at least 1,000 yards nine times, and totaled at least 1,000 rushing and receiving yards 12 times, third-most in NFL history behind only Smith and Jerry Rice, who each did it 14 times.
Gore's record of durability throughout his career was rather remarkable, as he missed only 15 games in 16 seasons while playing a position that sees more injury and turnover than any other in the NFL. Considering he tore the ACL in his same knee twice during his collegiate career, the durability he showed during his time in the NFL was even more impressive.
Gore has a shot to cap his career with a Hall of Fame induction, due primarily to his longevity. He ended up making the Pro Bowl five times in 16 seasons, and was named an All-Pro once. His gaudy career totals place him in an exclusive club, though, and contributing for as long as he did at the running back spot is sure to gain him some backers when his name comes up as a possible inductee.