On Sunday, New York Jets Running Back Frank Gore became just the third player in NFL history to rush for 16,000 yards. He finished the game with exactly 16,000 yards on the career and now he may never see the field again. The only other two guys to rush for that many years, Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726).
Gore will not play this weekend against the New England Patriots as he suffered a lung contusion in the win against the Cleveland Browns. At 37 years old this injury also puts his career in jeopardy. He was originally drafted by San Francisco in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL).
If this is the end of a career, it’s been one amazing career to look back on. 16 seasons, 241 games, which is the most of a RB ever, and nine 1,000 yard seasons. Those nine put him at fifth on the list of most 1,000 yard seasons. He never had a season where he didn’t have to least 500 rushing yards.
Throughout his career he played on five different teams. He spent ten years with the San Francisco 49ers to start his career. After he left San Fran he went on to spend three years in Indianapolis. He ended his career on a rotating one year circuit of the AFC East with the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets. In his nine career playoff games he rushed the ball for 668 yards on 148 attempts and five touchdowns.
Other accolades that Gore has received in his career include five Pro Bowl appearances (06, 09, 11, 12, 13). He was on the 2006 second team All-Pro. He also made it on the 2010’s All Decade Team. He also played in Super Bowl XLVII in which the 49era lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. He would rush for 110 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in that game.
He only missed significant time out of a season once, in 2010 when he fractured his right hip and missed the final five games of the season. Other than that season, he has never missed more than two games in a season. The sheer durability of a Running Back having only missed 26 total games in his sixteen season is something we won’t ever see again. From 2011 to 2017 he didn’t miss a single game.
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