Frank Gore is finally deciding to hang up the cleats. The NFLs third all-time leading rusher just told reporters that he is going to be retiring. His plan is to sign a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers in order to retire with the organization. The 49ers, as most of you know, are the team that took the chance on Gore in the NFL Draft. Gore officially said, “We still trying to figure out when I’m going through my one-day contract, to sign, do my retirement. I told Jed York I always want to be a Niner. So, we working on that right now.”
Gore hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2020 campaign. His last full year was with the New York Jets, his fifth different team. He totaled 742 yards and two touchdowns on 203 touches, not bad for his age. Gore spent the first ten years of his career with the 49ers. He ran for over 1,000 yards in eight of those ten years and was named to five Pro Bowls. He also went to play for the Indianapolis Colts, the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills.
Most people were aware that his football career would be coming to an end after he started a new career, boxing. Gore trained and competed against former NBA player Deron Williams back in December. The competition went down to the wire, but Williams won on a split decision.
What’s Next for Frank Gore?
Gore admitted before that fight started that he would be open to competing for another Super Bowl. Though he would only do so with the 49ers. He also mentioned that “I’m happy where I am in life.” There really isn’t much left for him to accomplish in the NFL anyways. He is only behind Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith in total rushing yards throughout his career. If Gore does decide to run it back one more season, he could pass Payton in these rankings.
Finally, Frank Gore hinted that he would be interested in heading into the front office. He said, “I love looking at talent and I love evaluating talent and I love ball. They know that I know football players, what it’s supposed to take to be a football player.” All of this hints at him potentially joining the 49ers front office in some job. Though that depends on his eventual retirement from the sport.
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