Frank Gore announces retirement to join 49ers HOF

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Frank Gore announces retirement to join 49ers HOF

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday that RB Frank Gore, a five-time Pro Bowl pick (2007, 2010 & 2012-14) and a member of the 2010s Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team, has signed . Day contract with the team and will be retiring from the National Football League. Additionally, Gore will be the newest inductee into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame and become the 31st inductee of the prestigious Hall of Fame for one of the most storied franchises in any sport.

“We are extremely pleased to induct Frank Gore into Edward J. DeBartolo Sr.’s San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, his rightful place among our all-time greats,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Frank faced many challenges entering the NFL and now comes out of the game not only one of the greatest defensemen in NFL history, but one of the greatest football players of all time. Frank’s 16-year NFL career is a testament to his persistence. “He’s played in more games than any running back in league history. His courage, tenacity and commitment to greatness earned him the respect of his coaches, teammates and opponents. We knew that day would come when Frank would retire a 49 and we look forward to that.” to The Faithful, who will celebrate his induction into the 49ers Hall of Fame at Levi’s Stadium next season.”

“One of the very first things I said to the 49ers organization when they drafted me in 2005 was that they got the right guy,” Gore said. “I knew early on that I wasn’t going to let my college career define me in terms of injuries and that I would have to outperform a lot of people to get where I wanted to be. After 10 years in San Francisco and 16 years in the NFL, I can confidently say that I put everything I had into the game of football. Football was and is everything to me. From meetings and film studies to training to the locker room, everything has meant the world to me. I am excited to officially close this chapter of my life and proud of what I have been able to achieve and what I leave behind.

“I want to thank my whole family who have been with me all the way. I also want Denise and Dr. York, Jed York and every coach I’ve had the good fortune to play for. Thank you to my teammates, those who make me sweat and tense with every game, for continuing to push me to want more and not settle for the status quo. Being inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, one of the most historic franchises in all of sports, is something that’s hard to put into words. This organization will always be a part of me, an organization I will associate with forever. I will speak of San Francisco as ‘we’ and ‘us’ for the rest of my life and support the 49ers faithful in any way I can.”

Gore (5-9, 217) appeared in 241 games (218 starts) during his 16-year NFL career with the 49ers (2005-14), Indianapolis Colts (2015-17), Miami Dolphins (2018) and the Buffalo Bills (2019 on ) and New York Jets (2020), who registered 3,735 carries for 16,000 yards (4.3 average) and 81 touchdowns while adding 484 receptions for 3,985 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air. He also started nine postseason contests that he appeared in, adding 148 carries for 668 yards and five touchdowns.

Gore’s 16,000 career rushing yards is the third-highest in NFL history, behind Emmitt Smith’s 18,355 and Walter Payton’s 16,762. His 3,735 career rushing attempts also rank third behind Smith (4,409) and Payton (3,838).

Gore finished his 49ers career as the team leader in rushing yards (11,073), rushing tries (2,442), and rushing touchdowns (64). His 13,956 yards from scrimmage as a member of the 49ers ranked second in franchise history, behind WR Jerry Rice’s 19,872. He is the only running back in San Francisco history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four straight seasons (2006-2009) and accomplished the feat on two separate occasions (2011-2014).

A member of the San Francisco 10-Year Club, which recognizes all 49ers players whose tenure has reached the 10-year mark, Gore is also a two-time recipient (2006 and 2010) of the 49ers Bill Walsh Award, presented annually at the best players represented the standard of professional excellence established by Walsh.

The 39-year-old native of Coral Gables, FL played collegiately at the University of Miami, where he rushed for 1,975 yards and finished seventh in school history.

About the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame by Edward J. DeBartolo Sr

Established in 2009, the 49ers Hall of Fame is dedicated to Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., the patriarch of one of the most celebrated franchises in all of professional sports. It was created to recognize players, coaches and leaders who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. As a requirement for induction, all 49ers Hall of Fame inductees must have demonstrated one or more of the following qualifications: outstanding production and performance on the field, significant contributions to the team’s success, and/or embodying the spirit and essence of the San Francisco 49ers .

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