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Gore on brink of franchise record

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Gore on brink of franchise record

Frank Gore needs just 22 yards against the St. Louis Rams to overtake Joe Perry as the 49ers' franchise rushing leader.

Perry, who passed away at age 84 in April, has been the 49ers' leading rusher since the team entered the NFL. He retired in 1963 with 7,344 yards.

Interestingly enough, "The Jet" rushed for an additional 1,345 yards for the 49ers when they played in the All-American Football Conference, prior to their joining the NFL. Those yards don't count towards Perry's career totals.

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Gore, aware of the record he's on the verge of breaking, acknowledged it would mean a lot to him.

That would be real big, Gore said. It would be a blessing to do it in front of our fans who have been here with us and behind us. We can get there and we can do it this Sunday, and Ill celebrate a little if we do.

With a win, Frank Gore will have more to celebrate as the 49ers would clinch their first trip to the playoffs with the seven-year veteran on the team.

With Gore on the doorstep of the franchise record, it's time to debate where he ranks among 49ers running backs.

Joe Perry. Roger Craig. John Henry Johnson. Hugh McElhenny. Garrison Hearst. The 49ers have been privileged with great running backs.

Craig was inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame this year, joining fellow backs Johnson and McElhenny among those enshrined.

Who is the greatest back in franchise history?

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”