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Frank Gore says he’ll sign one-day deal and retire with 49ers after 16 NFL seasons


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After 16 seasons in the NFL and exactly 16,000 rushing yards, Frank Gore plans to retire with the team that drafted him – the San Francisco 49ers.

Gore, 38, told TheSFNiners podcast this week that he plans to sign a one-day contract with the 49ers at some point in the “coming months”, so he can retire as a Nine.

“We’re still trying to figure out when I’m going to move on from my one-day contract to sign, retire,” Gore said. “I said [owner] Jed York I still want to be a Niner. So we’re working on that right now.”

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Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on December 28, 2014, in Santa Clara, California.
(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Gore spent the first 10 seasons of his career in San Francisco, where he made the Pro Bowl five times and rushed for at least 1,000 yards in eight of those seasons.

After his time in San Francisco, the running back played for the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. He rushed for 4,927 total yards in those years.

Gore hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2020 season with the Jets, when he rushed for 653 yards on 198 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Frank Gore says he’ll sign one-day deal and retire with 49ers after 16 NFL seasons

New York Jets running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90) during a game on December 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

During the 2020 season, Gore became the third running back in NFL history to record 16,000 rushing yards.

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If Gore makes his decision to retire this offseason, he would end his career with exactly 16,000 rushing yards, the third-most in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726). , both in the Hall. of glory.

While Gore could still reach Payton if he changes his mind and decides to play another season, it seems he’d rather hang up his boots and play a front office role with the team.

Frank Gore says he’ll sign one-day deal and retire with 49ers after 16 NFL seasons

In this Oct. 20, 2019 file photo, Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore takes on the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, NY
(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

“I love watching talent. I love assessing talent and I love the ball,” Gore said. “And they [the 49ers] know that I know football players, what it takes to be a football player.”

Gore has a shot at entering the Hall of Fame due to his numbers and longevity over the years, despite only being named All-Pro once and not having never won a Super Bowl. He played in Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 regular season, but the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

In November, Gore said he thought he deserved a Hall of Fame induction and took aim at people who suggested otherwise.

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“They don’t know football,” Gore told TMZ Sports. “That’s what I say. They don’t know football. My numbers speak for themselves. Whatever they say, it’s fine.”

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