The file on Frank Gore
University of Miami
Growing up in Dade County, Florida, Gore decided to stay close to home for college, going to the University of Miami. As a true freshman in 2001, he was named the Sporting News’ Big East Freshman of the Year despite serving as the backup to Clinton Portis. Heading into spring practice in 2002, Gore was ahead of Willis McGahee on the depth chart but suffered a torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2002 season. He returned strong in 2003, rushing for 453 yards over the team's first four games. However he suffered another torn ACL in Miami's fifth game. He fought back again and rushed for 945 yards over 12 games a senior in 2004.
NFL Draft and rookie year
Following his senior year at Miami, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Gore with the first pick of the third round. As the 65th pick overall, Gore was the sixth running back selected in the 2005 draft. Gore played in 14 games as a rookie, leading the 49ers with 608 rushing yards on 127 carries and three touchdowns.
Gore exploded in his second professional season, rushing for a NFC best 1695 yards, all while leading the team with 61 receptions. Gore's highlight of the season came in Week 10, when he rushed for a career-high 212 yards, leading the 49ers to a 20-14 win against the Seahawks.
Despite Gore’s efforts, the 49ers were unable to make the playoffs in each of the three seasons between 2007-09. In all three years Gore led the 49ers in rushing, scurrying for over 1,000 yards each season. Gore continued to establish himself as one of the NFL’s best running backs, culminating in his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2009.
Through the first 10 weeks of the 2010 season, Gore played like his usual self, rushing for 853 rushing yards while registering 46 receptions. But in Game 11, he fractured his right hip, prematurely ending his season. Gore's injury did not require surgery and he fully recovered during the offseason--an offseason in which he signed a four-year, $25.9 million contract.
49ers all-time leading rusher
In San Francisco’s 26-0 Week 13 win against the St. Louis Rams in 2011, Gore passed Joe Perry to become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Perry racked up 7,344 yards for the 49ers from 1950-60 and 1963. In addition to breaking Perry’s record, Gore and the 49ers secured a playoff spot, their first in Gore’s career.
As the second overall seed in the NFC, the 49ers beat the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round. Gore had a game-high 89 yards rushing, but the NFC Championship game was a different story. Gore still did his part with 16 carries for 74 yards and six catches for 45 yards, but the 49ers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
2012 Season and playoffs
In his eighth season with the 49ers, 29-year-old Frank Gore ran for over 1200 yards for the third time in his career. In Week 16 against the Cardinals, Gore set the all-time franchise rushing touchdown record, with 51. He helped lead the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1994 season. Gore rushed for over 90 yards and scored at least one touchdown in each of the three 49ers' playoff games. In the Super Bowl loss, Gore carried the ball 19 times, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown. The 2012 season led to Gore’s second consecutive and fourth overall Pro Bowl selection.
No signs of slowing down
Frank Gore turned 30 prior to the 2013 season yet received more carries (276) than in 2012 (258). He rushed for fewer yards (1,128) in '13 than in '12 (1,214) and his YPC dropped from 4.7 to 4.1. But he recorded 9 touchdowns and was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
Finishing in style
Frank Gore entered the 2014 seasons needing 33 yards to reach the 10,000-yard plateau. He scampered for 66 yards in the season opener, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to reach the milestone. Later in the season, he became the 20th player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 career yards. Gore played all 16 games in 2014, averaging 4.3 yards per carry for 1,106 total yards and four touchdowns.
49er for life
After 10 seasons in San Francisco, Frank Gore's 49ers career ended on Tuesday, March 10 when news surfaced that the free agent would join the Indianapolis Colts on a three-year, $12 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed.