Frank Gore … James was more versatile and more explosive, too, and probably also better when at his best., 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. Gore never won an MVP (never received a vote). On Sunday, Frank Gore passed Barry Sanders as the third-leading rusher in NFL history with 15,289 yards. 3. (Note: I swear on my life I picked that yardage at random before seeing that he already rushed for 109 yards in the Week 4 loss vs. New England). Randall Cunningham was one of the first dual-threat quarterbacks, but he's been forgotten by voters. “That doesn’t count the 110-yard rushing game he had against the Ravens in the Super Bowl. Let’s address each point with its own section. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. Last year’s first-ballot class included Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey, a trio no one reputable would argue with. Here are how other running backs (min. Granted, in his 15th year, he’s not vintage Gore. Only once, during that 2006 season, when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers. He hasn’t made a Pro Bowl or played in a playoff game since. The 49ers injury issues led to some unexpected statistical leaders early in the season, but even a small wave of healthy games changed that. But after the long holiday football weekend, King pleaded the Hall of Fame case for former 49ers running back Frank Gore, currently in his 15th NFL season, and who recently became the NFL’s third all-time rusher, surpassing Barry Sanders (a dead lock cinch for the Hall long before he was voted in). All four rank behind Gore in rushing yards, with Tomlinson sixth, James 13th, Lewis 24th and Alexander 36th. | Source: Brett Carlsen / Getty Images / AFP. “He’s an absolute outlier in NFL history, a guy who, as (some) say, was never considered the best or second-best back but had a valiant and incredibly productive career after both knees and both shoulders had been reconstructed. Jerome Bettis and Tony Dorsett each led the NFL in carries once and also won Offensive Rookie of the Year. The top four rushers all-time ahead of Gore and eight of the next 10 behind him are all Hall of Famers. The fact that Gore was never considered the best back in the league in any year he’s played may be part of it. I don’t drive in huge traffic from the fan bases of the 49ers and Bills, so tribalism isn’t really driving it. Likely victory by 49ers’ picks in Santa Clara council could weaken mayor’s hand Last point: After Gore at three, the next nine backs on the all-time rushing list are either in the Hall of Fame or, in the case of number six Adrian Peterson, a lock to make it. The results were surprising (to me at least) in showing that a higher percentage of people (22%) thought he was worthy of first ballot than to not get in at all (13%). Only two backs, John Henry Johnson and John Riggins, ever rushed for 1,000 yards or more after the age of 35. On Sunday, Frank Gore passed Barry Sanders as the third-leading rusher in NFL history with 15,289 yards. Captain Comeback: NFL Analysis by Scott Kacsmar. Among these 26 HOF backs, 25 of them were named First-Team All-Pro by the AP at least once in their career. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Colin Kaepernick had a quiet ally in Roger Goodell, but his NFL tryout still unraveled. The only two backs in front of Gore: Emmitt Smith (dead lock cinch) and Walter Payton (dead lock cinch). With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens.