The NFL is a business, and often times that leads to hurt feelings.
Teams draft players, run them into the ground on the cheap and then decided to either trade them, cut them or not re-sign them when the time comes. Being used breeds animosity, and a lack of loyalty can burn bridges built through years of trust.
But when it comes to Frank Gore and the 49ers, no such animosity exists.
The 49ers drafted Gore out of Miami with a third-round pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. Gore played 10 seasons in the Bay Area, rushing for 11,073 yards and 63 touchdowns. After the 2014 season, Gore signed a three-year contract with the Colts after the 49ers elected not to offer him a long-term deal.
Gore has gone from the Colts to the Dolphins and now finds himself with the Bills, but he still keeps in touch with the organization that gave him his first shot.
“I still talk to Jed (York), talk to Paraag (Marathe), I still talk to Scot McCloughan," Gore told KNBR's Al Sacco. "I played 10 years there. I was blessed to play 10, and I know the business of it but I respect Jed. He let his guys make the decision on whether to bring me back and I respect it. Like I said, his mom calls me, his dad texts me here and there. It’s like a family over there.”
The veteran running back remains thankful the 49ers took a chance on him coming out of colllege.
“It’s everything. It was the first given opportunity to be able to play this game at the highest level," Gore told KNBR. "Even though I was coming off two ACLs they still took a chance and they got beat up by taking me with the first pick in the third round.”
Gore recently eclipsed the 15,000-yard mark for his career. He has said he wants to retire as a member of the 49ers when the time comes.
But for now, Gore plans to keep on racking up the yards for the Bills, or whoever else wants him toting the rock.