Bobby Wagner has gone up against many of the NFL’s elite players in his nine-year career with the Seattle Seahawks.
Next Sunday will be no different.
When the New York Jets come to Lumen Field in Week 14, Wagner and the Seahawks defense could have their hands full with an NFL legend in running back Frank Gore.
If you ask Wagner, the 37-year-old Jets running back deserves to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his football cleats.
“He has been amazing to watch,” Wagner said. “Obviously 37 at that position playing the running back position is just been-- Over the years, everybody says they don’t last long. There’s no way anybody can sustain that type of hitting and things of that nature, and he’s defied all of that. He’s been able to do it at a very, very high level for a very long time, so I’ve got nothing but respect to him...
Gore is the only player in the NFL to have tallied 1,200 plus scrimmage yards in 12 seasons and is No. 3 overall on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
At 37, he continues to produce at a high level as the Jets' leading rusher with 141 carries for 521 yards.
But the praise goes both ways for Gore. Back in 2014, when the 16-year veteran running back was with the San Francisco 49ers, Gore did not mince words when describing just how talented Wagner was.
Since then, Wagner has carved out a Hall of Fame career of his own in Seattle. At just 30, the 2012 second-round pick has already won a Super Bowl, been named to six Pro Bowls and been named first-team All-Pro on five occasions.
Gore’s status remains up in the air for Sunday vs. Seattle as he suffered a head injury in Week 13 and has been going through the concussion protocol. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice.
If he’s unable to play, expect Ty Johnson or Josh Adams to carry the load for the Jets.
“You can definitely tell they're learning under Frank,” Wagner said. “Frank has been an amazing player. I’ve been fortunate to get to play him this long in my career. So, you can kind of feel and see their running style you know kind of emulates some of the things he does. He got those guys looking and seeing the holes right and so it’s going to be a fun matchup to go against them and hopefully he’s out there.”
The Seahawks (8-4) will host the Jets (0-12) in Seattle at 1:05 p.m. (PT) on Sunday.