San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore vs. Roger Craig

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San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore vs. Roger Craig
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While sorting through 49er articles on Bleacher Report today, I came across one discussing Frank Gore. After reading it, I started thinking about what a great running back Gore has been.

It’s no mystery why he is my eight-year-old son's favorite player.

With Frank Gore and my son on my mind, a natural progression was to start thinking about my favorite player when I was my son's age. Who was my Frank Gore?

The answer: Roger Craig.

I thought it would be interesting to compare the two. Which great 49er running back was the greatest, mine or my son's? 

I decided I would use five categories to determine who was in fact the best running back. Those categories are yards per carry, total yards rushing, rushing TDs, receiving yards and receiving TDs.

Of course, Frank has only played six seasons with the Niners so far, and Craig played eight. In order to make it fair, I used Craig's stats from the first six years of his career and compared them to Gore's first six.

You may be surprised by the results.

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