Santa Clara, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Frank Gore has signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers and announced his retirement from the NFL.
Gore spent the first 10 years of his 16-year career with the 49ers and returned to finish his career as one of the most prolific sprinters in league history.
Gore joined the 49ers in 2005 as a third-round pick after overcoming a torn ACL in both knees in college in Miami. Despite that injury history, Gore went on to become one of the most durable backs in his career, hitting at least 500 yards a record 16 times, with nine seasons of running for at least 1,000 yards and five Pro Bowl bids.
“When they drafted me in 2005, the first thing I told the 49ers organization was that they had found the right man,” Gore said in a statement released through the team. “I already knew I wouldn’t let my college career define me with regards to injuries, and that I would have to outrun a lot of people to get where I wanted to go. 10 years in San Francisco and in the NFL After 16 years, I can say with confidence that I have devoted my all to the game of football.
“Football was and is everything to me. From meetings and film studies to practice and being in the locker room, it was like a world to me. I am delighted to have officially closed this chapter of my life and am proud of what I was able to achieve and the legacy I left behind. ,
Gore ran a franchise-record 11,073 yards in his 10 years with 49 and finished his career with 16,000, even after playing for the Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo and New York Jets. Gore last played for the Jets in 2020, when he dropped to third place, running behind only Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton.
Gore averaged 4.3 yards per carry in his career, rushing for 81 TDs and adding 484 receptions for 3,985 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air. He also started nine postseason games, including 148 carries for 668 yards and five touchdowns.
49ers owner Jed York said, “Frank faced many challenges upon entering the NFL and now leaves the game as not only one of the best backs in NFL history, but one of the best football players ever.” Is.” “Frank’s 16-year NFL career is a testament to his permanence, having played in more games than any other game in league history. His grit, perseverance, and commitment to greatness have earned him the support of his coaches, teammates, and teammates.” Gave respect to the opponents.
The Niners also announced that Gore Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. will be the 31st person inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.
Gore thanked his teammates, coaches and the York family.
“Inducting into the 49ers Hall of Fame, one of the most historic franchises in all sports, is hard to put into words,” he said. “This organization will always be a part of me, with which I will always associate myself. I will talk about San Francisco as ‘us’ and ‘us’ all of my life, and in every possible way the 49ers and believers.” I will support
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