Gore reveals moment he knew lengthy 49ers tenure was over


Longtime 49ers running back Frank Gore says he knew once the organization drafted Carlos Hyde in 2014 that his time with the team was coming to an end.

"I knew I was going to leave my last year in San Fran just because they drafted a back in the second round, that was the highest they had ever drafted a back," Gore said on the "All The Smoke" podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. "I was 33, but I came off 1,100, 1,200 yards, though. They was trying to force the issue to make him play, upstairs not the coaches but like upstairs, they wanted to see their new toy. So they was forcing the issue to make him play.

"That's why I respect [former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh] Harbaugh, man. Harbaugh only play the best man, and I was the best man still. But he got fired, and upstairs wanted their new toy. It was a new GM at the time, new GM came in, my old GM who drafted me had gotten fired, out of respect I felt like the GM should have come and talked to me. I've been here 10 years, 10 years, 11,000-something yards, so I was working. Even though you wasn't the head man at the time, you was there and you saw me working. He didn't want to talk to me in the offseason and Jed, we're like family, he called me and he talked to me.

"He never wanted to force me on nobody, he wanted them to want me and I respect that. That's how I wanted it to be, I want you to want me, not because the owner is saying, 'Oh, you got to sign me.' No, I don't want to be there."


Gore ran for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns on 276 carries during the 2013 season for the 49ers. Hyde indeed was drafted with the 57th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Gore saw his carries trickle-down slightly in 2014 to 255, despite still picking up 1,106 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Hyde got 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns.

Harbaugh and the 49ers parted ways after the 2014 season following an 8-8 campaign. Scot McCloughan, who had drafted Gore in 2005, had left the organization in 2009. Trent Baalke was the 49ers' general manager through 2016.

Gore says he spent his last night in San Francisco partying with Warriors forward Draymond Green, and initially committed to signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. After that fell through, Gore found an AFC team he believed could help him win a championship.

"My agent called the Colts, and they just came from the AFC championship, they lost against the Patriots and I was like man with me and my boy Drake over there, we could put them over the top. When I got there, just a different team than what I was used to."

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Gore was 31 years old when he left the 49ers to sign with the Indianapolis Colts. In three seasons with the Colts, Gore never finished with fewer than 960 rushing yards in each campaign.

Gore clearly still has lots of love for the 49ers, as he has made his hopes to retire a member of the organization public several times in the past few years.

“We talked about that,” Gore told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco last February. “I got to. That’s the team that gave me the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do when I was a kid, play NFL ball.

“I was there for 10 great years. Been on bad teams and been on great teams. I love it out there.”

Gore will be debuting his latest career turn on Saturday, as he will box former NBA star Deron Williams on the undercard of the match between Jake Paul and UFC fighter Tyron Woodley. Gore even will be representing the 49ers with his red and gold entrance outfit.

His exit from the 49ers might not have been ideal, but hopefully Gore one day can complete his NFL career right and retire in a 49ers uniform.

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