It feels a little weird to say out loud, but Frank Gore may have quietly run himself into a Hall of Fame career.
Following his 961-yard rushing performance in Year 34 last season, Gore finds himself fifth on the all-time rushing yards list (14,026) behind legends Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin.
Gore, now a 35-year-old Miami Dolphin, is just 76 yards away from passing Martin for fourth on the list and is 1,244 yards away from passing Sanders for third all-time.
While it’s incredibly rare these days to see a 35-year-old break 1,200 yards on the ground, the fact he started all 16 games and ran the ball 261 times at the age of 34 is promising. Not to mention he’s sharing the RB duties with Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage (rookie) and Senorise Perry in Miami this year. So, yes, I think it’s safe to say he’ll receive another 200+ carries as long as he’s healthy.
Although Gore’s Dolphins contract is only a one-year, $1 million contract, give him two more seasons in the league and I have little doubt that he’ll have a shot at finishing up his career third on the all-time rushing list.
Add to the fact he’s a five-time Pro Bowler who has racked up nine 1,000-yard seasons and has accumulated 1,200+ yards from scrimmage in all but one of his 13 seasons and you have a recipe for a Hall of Fame career.
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