What makes 49er running back Frank Gore so remarkable is the singularity of his career.
Gore, now in his seventh year, has played through the dregs of recent 49er success. The team seems guaranteed of a winning season and a playoff spot this year, which would be a first for Gore. And in that time frame, Gore would break from the huddle and find 11 pairs of eyes staring at him.
Gore left, Gore middle or Gore right seemed about the best chances the Niners had in many games over the last seven years. Defenses knew it, and yet so many times he prevailed.
As he is getting closer to surpassing Joe Perry’s career mark of 7,344 rushing yards, it’s important to remember that Joe Perry had Hugh McElhenney to take some of the dilute the focus of the defense. Roger Craig, who now is in third on the all-time list, had at first Wendell Tyler and then Tom Rathman to share duties. But then, there was also Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and John Taylor. You get the point.
During Gore’s career, opponents didn’t have to worry about a quarterback who could do damage; there were no renowned wide receivers to make the safeties back up. When Vernon Davis arrived in 2006, you could make the argument that Gore finally got some help.
Gore is one of the best in the game at picking up blitzes. He's a very good receiver out of the backfield. And he's become a pro's pro after having two knee surgeries in college.
Here’s a look at the best efforts of his career.