Legendary San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore left his fans and his team with a memorable impression as he closed his 2014 season, marking 10 years with his team.
Gore gave it all he had in a victorious season-ending home win over the Arizona Cardinals, crossing two very impressive milestones. Finishing with 144 rushing yards on 25 carries, Gore became the 11th player in the history of the NFL to have eight 1,000-yard seasons. Furthermore, Gore is now just the 20th NFL player to cross the 11,000 total career rushing yards mark.
What better way to end the season that to earn these two honorable accomplishments? These yardage milestones might also be a fantastic ending to Gore’s career with the 49ers if the team decides to let him move on during the free agency period.
Gore, who started with the 49ers at the young age of 21, had some emotional comments to share with the press after the team’s win.
I wanted to finish it right for my fans who’ve been with me since I was 21. They’ve been great fans. They’ve been down with us. Even though the year was a disappointing year, they were still here. I just wanted to finish right. If I’m not here, I wanted to show my fans the way a 49er is supposed to play.
It’s a blessing (referring to his 1,000 yards). A guy who came in the league when I first got drafted said it was a reach. I had two knee injuries but I’m still here. I have to take my hat off to the O-Liners, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh, [Defensive Assistant] Coach [Ejiro] Evero. I want to be back but I know this is a business.
Even guard Mike Lupati had some wonderful things to say about Gore.
He’s the best running back I’ve ever blocked for. He’s just awesome. It’s an honor to play with him and block for him.
While we don’t know what is in store for Gore in 2015, all die-hard San Francisco 49ers fans surely would want to see Gore play a few more seasons with the team he dearly loves and has devoted so much energy too. As for seeing Gore possibly with another team in 2015, that would be a visual sight that would be hard to digest. However, at the rate Gore is still playing, he certainly would make a valuable asset for a team in need.