Frank Gore, the third-leading rusher in NFL history with 16,000 yards, signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday in order to retire as a member of the franchise.
“Forever a Niner,” Gore tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Gore’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, added in a tweet that “It’s only right to retire as a Niner!”
The 49ers announced later Thursday that Gore will be the 31st and latest inductee into the team’s hall of fame.
A third-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2005, Gore played the first 10 seasons of his 16-year NFL career in San Francisco. He earned all five of his Pro Bowl selections and posted eight of his nine 1,000-yard seasons there.
The 39-year-old Gore is the 49ers’ career leader in rushing attempts (2,442) and yards (11,073) and ranks second with 64 rushing touchdowns to Hall of Famer Joe Perry (68).
He rushed for 653 yards in 15 games with the New York Jets in 2020, finishing his career with 19,985 yards from scrimmage and 99 total touchdowns in 241 games (218 starts) with the 49ers (2005-14), Indianapolis Colts (2015-17), Miami Dolphins (2018), Buffalo Bills (2019) and Jets.
Only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) rushed for more yards than Gore.
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— Frank Gore (@frankgore) June 2, 2022
–Field Level Media