Frank Gore wants to retire as member of 49ers when NFL career is over

Frank Gore wants to retire as member of 49ers when NFL career is over

Frank Gore isn't ready for the final chapter of his NFL career.

The veteran running back signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills in free agency, and he still thinks he has a lot left in the tank. Once it reaches empty, Gore knows exactly where he wants to be: With the 49ers. 

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"[I was] there 10 years, man," Gore told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Friday. "They was the ones that gave me the first opportunity to play in the [NFL]. Coming out of college I was injured, and they still gave me the opportunity to get to that level I always wanted to get to as a kid." 

"I started there, and I'm going to finish there. When I'm done, whenever I feel like I'm done, I'm gonna come back and retire as a Niner."

The 49ers drafted Frank Gore in the third round out of the University of Miami in 2005. Gore tore his left ACL twice while with the Hurricanes, and there were questions about his durability. 

Now, Gore is entering his 15th NFL season. With 14,748 rushing yards, he ranks fourth on the league's all-time rushing list. Gore needs just 521 yards to pass Barry Sanders for third.

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The Bills will be Gore's third team in the last three seasons, but he will be best remembered for his decade with the 49ers. He rushed for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns in 148 games -- each of which is a team record -- with San Francisco. Gore wasn't exactly a compiler, either, as his 74.8 rushing yards per game are the second-most in franchise history. 

His No. 21 is a lock to be retired once he hangs up his cleats, and Gore seems to know that as well as anyone. 

Ex-49ers receiver Pierre Garçon selling huge $1.8M San Jose penthouse


Ex-49ers receiver Pierre Garçon selling huge $1.8M San Jose penthouse

Former 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon is looking for a new home in the NFL, and he is selling his old one in San Jose. 

The 33-year-old listed his 1,262 square-foot penthouse apartment for $1,788,000 earlier this summer. It sits on the top floor of The Axis, a 22-story luxury apartment complex in downtown San Jose. 

The apartment boasts a 32-foot balcony facing west, with a great view of the sunset and nearby SAP Center along the skyline. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse also features floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood finishes, granite countertops and a large walk-in closet in the master suite. 

Garçon was one of the first free-agent signings of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch's tenures as coach and general manager, respectively. He was limited to just 16 games over two seasons with the 49ers, and San Francisco declined his contract option early in the offseason. 


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Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan look forward to first 49ers home crowd


Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan look forward to first 49ers home crowd

SANTA CLARA — The crowd that comes to Levi’s Stadium on football game days has not been known for offering the 49ers a significant home-field advantage, but both Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo believe that will not be the case in the team’s home opener on Sunday. 

Much has been made of the lightly populated sunny side of the stadium on Sundays in Santa Clara since the 49ers made the move from Candlestick Park. The subject of the relocation alone often raises the blood pressure of the venerable fans who spent time in those orange baseball stadium seats in South San Francisco. 

No one would dare compare the game-day atmosphere of Levi’s with Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, or Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, which are known for being the loudest of the outdoor venues. At least not yet. 

Shanahan understands why the fan base could be considered lackadaisical, but he believes it’s because of the product on the field. He has seen what a good game can do to work fans up into a lather. 

“I don’t think we’ve given our fans a lot to be excited about in the two years I’ve been here at home,” Shanahan said. “Or the few years prior, but when we have, I think the stadium has been loud.” 

After seeing a significant 49ers fan presence in both Tampa and Cincinnati, Garoppolo also has high expectations for the team’s first home game. 

“I think that our home crowd is awesome,” Garoppolo said. “These last two games in Tampa and Cincinnati especially, it turned into a home game with all the red out there. It was fun. I expect a great atmosphere and hope the crowd is rocking.” 

The 49er Faithful have traveled well in the first two weeks but so do Steelers fans. Shanahan recalled one game, in particular, facing Pittsburgh where their fans took away the home-field advantage. 

“Pittsburgh always travels well wherever I’ve been,” Shanahan said. “When I was in Atlanta when we were on our way to the Super Bowl, we still had to use a silent cadence at home even when we were, I think, 11-4 at the time.” 

Even with that past experience, Shanahan predicts a heavily weighted home fan presence facing the Steelers. 

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“I’m expecting it to be a strong 49ers crowd,” Shanahan said. “I always revert back to, I think it was the Christmas Eve game versus Jacksonville. I mean, we were out of it and I thought our fans were as loud as any stadium I’ve been at. I felt it last year versus Oakland. I felt it versus Seattle last year.

“I think our fans come ready, and if we come ready, I think we’ll be very happy about our home-field advantage.”