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Frank Gore
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Gore at 49ers training camp in August 2010
No. 21     San Francisco 49ers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
High School: Coral Gables (FL)
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Debuted in 2005 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2005–present)
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Rushing yards     8,839
Rushing average     4.6
Rushing TDs     51
Stats at NFL.com

Franklin Gore[1] (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Throughout his eight-year NFL career, Gore has often been ranked among the best running backs playing the game, having been selected to four Pro Bowls and achieving four straight seasons with 1,000 rushing yards, among his 6 total. While achieving some personal success, he struggled with a team that suffered numerous losing seasons until he and the 49ers achieved a 13-3 record in the 2011 season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. In 2011, the 49ers won the NFC West division and reached the NFC championship game. In 2012, Gore helped lead the 49ers to Super Bowl 47.[2] On December 30, 2012, Gore became the 49ers all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 51.

Early yearsEdit

Gore was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida. He attended Coral Gables High School, where he excelled as a running back. He had two notable record-breaking games. Against Miami Northwestern High School, he had a then career high 293 yards and two touchdowns. In the next game, he broke that record with 319 yards and six touchdowns. During his senior year in 2000, Gore broke several Dade County single-season records, including rushing yards (2,953) and touchdowns (34).[3] Heavily recruited, he was named the No. 3 prospect in Dade County by The Miami Herald, as well as No. 4 in Florida and No. 18 nationally.[4]

While emerging as a talented football prospect, Gore also focused his attention on improving his academics and assisting his mother, who was battling kidney disease and had started dialysis treatments. To remain close to home, Gore eventually chose to attend the University of Miami.[5]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman for the University of Miami in 2001, Gore totaled 575 yards with 5 touchdowns on 62 carries (a 9.3-yard avg), the third-best season total in school history by a freshman and was named Sporting News' Big East Freshman of the Year.[4] He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee before spring practice in 2002 and spent the following season recovering from knee surgery.[6] Before his injury that year, Gore beat out Willis McGahee in the spring of 2002 for the role as the Hurricanes' starting running back.

Gore returned in 2003 and rushed for 100 yards in each of his first three games of the season. He also returned for his senior year in 2004, when his cousin, Kim Gibson, asked him to change his uniform number from #32 to #3 for better luck. He then ran for nearly 1,000 yards during the season.[7]

In 28 total games with the Hurricanes, Gore rushed 380 times for 1,975 yards (a 5.7 rushing average) and seventeen touchdowns. His 1,975 yards rank seventh on the school's career-record list and his seventeen scores are tied for tenth. He also caught 23 passes for 225 yards (9.8 avg), returned two kickoffs for 48 yards and recorded five tackles on special teams.[8]

Professional careerEdit

2005 NFL DraftEdit

Gore was selected 65th overall in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Gore scored a 6 on the Wonderlic test prior to being drafted.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
5 ft 9 in 210 lb 4.66 s 4.11 s 6.91 s 34 in 17 reps<td align="center">6</td>

2005 seasonEdit

Gore played in 14 games, starting one. He was inactive for two contests with a groin injury. He finished the season seventh among all NFL rookie running backs in rushing average with 4.8 average per run. He led the team in rushing with 608 yards on 127 carries and three rushing touchdowns.[9] Gore also caught 15 passes for 131 yards. The last time a rookie led the 49ers in rushing was 1990, when Dexter Carter paced the team with 460 yards.[10] His 608 yards rushing was the highest for a 49ers rookie since Roger Craig had 725 yards rushing in 1983.[11]

He rushed for 17 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 21 yards in his first game against the St. Louis Rams. He later rushed for 42 yards on seven carries with a 5.4-yard average against the Dallas Cowboys. He led the team with nine carries on 89 yards and recorded a then career-long 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at the Washington Redskins. The touchdown was the longest run from scrimmage by a 49ers player since running back Kevan Barlow took one 78 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The touchdown run was fifth-longest run from scrimmage by a 49ers rookie. He led the team in rushing for the third straight week with 5 yards on 15 carries (.7 avg.) at the Chicago Bears, with a 19-yard long. He made his first NFL start against the Jacksonville Jaguars, amassing over 100 combined yards with 79 yards rushing on 19 attempts for a 4.2 yard average with three receptions for 57 yards. Gore had his first two-touchdown game against the St. Louis Rams, with a 10-yard scoring run in the second quarter and a 30-yard score in the fourth quarter. In a game against the Houston Texans, he registered his first 100-yard game with 108 yards on 25 carries. Following the season, he had major surgery on both shoulders.

2006 seasonEdit

Gore was elevated to the top of the San Francisco 49ers' depth chart following the August 19, 2006 trade that shipped incumbent starter Kevan Barlow to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.[12]

He emerged as one of the top running backs in the NFL in his first full season as the starter. Gore carried the ball 312 times for a franchise record 1,695 yards, eclipsing Garrison Hearst’s 1998 record of 1,570 yards.[13] He became the first member of the 49ers to lead the NFC in rushing yards. He also set a franchise record with 2,180 combined yards (1,695 yards rushing and 485 yards receiving), breaking Hearst’s single season record of 2,105 total yards (1,570 rushing and 535 receiving) set in 1998. His total placed him second in the NFC to Steven Jackson (1,528 rushing and 806 receiving, 2,334 total) and fourth overall in the entire NFL. In the 49ers’ first meeting against the Seattle Seahawks, Gore set the 49ers’ single-game rushing record by totaling 212 yards on 24 carries, besting the 201 yards by Charlie Garner on September 24, 2000 against the Cowboys. Gore had nine 100-yard rushing games in 2006, giving him ten for his career. His nine 100-yard games in 2006 shattered the franchise record for most 100-yard games in a season. Garrison Hearst (1998) and Roger Craig (1988) each had six 100-yard games in a season. Gore was the first 49ers running back to have three-straight 100 yard games since Garrison Hearst had a 49ers-record four straight 100-yard games during a stretch in 1998. In those three weeks, Gore set the team record for most rushing yards in a three-game span.

His breakaway ability helped him finish the season with 5.4 yards per carry, placing him third in the entire NFL, behind only Michael Vick (8.4 YPC on 123 carries) and Maurice Jones-Drew (5.7 YPC on 166 carries). The 5.4 yards per carry are tied for the second best in 49ers history. Among players with over 300 carries, however, Gore’s season puts him in elite company. Very few times has a player averaged as many yards per carry as Gore did, while carrying the ball over 300 times. The players ahead of him are all Hall of Famers and feature three, 2,000-yard rushing seasons.

He finished with eight rushing touchdowns, tied for the third most in a season by a 49er. Gore finished the season with 61 receptions, which led the team. Only two other teams had a running back as their leading receiver: New Orleans (Reggie Bush) and Philadelphia (Brian Westbrook). Of those, only Gore and Westbrook also led their team in rushing. He also caught his first receiving touchdown of his career at Seattle, when Alex Smith avoided a sack and found Gore along the left sideline for a 20-yard score. He led the NFL with 16 rushes for 20 or more yards. Gore earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice during the 2006 season. He grabbed the honor in Week 5 after rushing for 134 yards on 27 carries, and catching 3 passes for 38 yards, against the Oakland Raiders. He also won in Week 11 after his franchise record 212 rushing yards, and 26 yards on 4 receptions, against Seattle. After Gore’s tremendous season, he was named the starting running back to the NFC Pro Bowl team.[14] It was Gore’s first selection to the Pro Bowl.

Gore had benefited that season from the tutelage of then-offensive coordinator Norv Turner, whose offensive scheme places a heavy emphasis on running the football.

Though Gore had fumbling problems at the beginning of the season, losing the ball once in each of the first four games, he improved his carrying and only fumbled three more times the rest of the year.[13]

2007 seasonEdit

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Gore in action against the St. Louis Rams in 2007.

Gore signed a contract extension through 2011 estimated to be worth $28 million over four years on March 28, 2007. He also stated that it is his goal to surpass Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record in 2007. He said that he would gain 2,200 yards.

Gore broke a bone in his hand in the non-contact Training Camp drill on July 30 and missed the entire preseason.[15] On September 13, Gore's mother died, due to a kidney disease. He missed a practice, but returned to the team and scored two touchdowns the following Sunday in a 17-16 win over the St. Louis Rams.[16] Gore's best game came against the Arizona Cardinals where he came up with 116 rushing yards and 98 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season with 1,102 rushing yards and 436 receiving yards.

2008 seasonEdit

Gore began the 2008 season against the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, where he rushed for 96 yards on only 14 carries. Despite his impressive performance, which also included a 41 yard touchdown run, the 49ers lost, 23-13.[17]

In Week 3, he dominated the Detroit Lions, rushing for over 120 yards with a touchdown in a 31-13 victory.[18] The following week against the New Orleans Saints, Gore outrushed Reggie Bush, although the 49ers were defeated, 31-17.[19] In Week 6, Gore had his second 100 yard game of the season, as he rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries in a 40-26 defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles.[20]

In a Week 17 match-up against the visiting Washington Redskins, Gore became the first running back in 49ers history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in three straight seasons.[21]

2009 seasonEdit

File:Frank Gore 2009.jpg

Gore entered the 2009 season under the guidance of new running back coach Tom Rathman. He was also complemented by a new second-string back, 49ers' third-round draft pick Glen Coffee.

After being nearly shut down in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, Gore had a career day the following week in the home opener versus the Seattle Seahawks. Gore rushed for 206 yards for a 12.8-yard average, including a 79- and an 80-yard touchdown run, becoming the second player in NFL history to rush for two touchdowns for 75 yards or more in a single game, with the other being hall-of-fame running back Barry Sanders.[22] Maurice Jones-Drew would become the third running back to also rush for two touchdowns for 75 yards in a single game.

After missing his next two games against the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons due to an ankle injury, Gore returned in Week 7 against the Houston Texans.[23] While he had a successful game against the Chicago Bears in Week 10, gaining 104 yards with a touchdown,[24] he was used less in the 49ers' offensive game plan in the following three weeks, after the team adopted more of a spread offense.[25] In the 49ers' second game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, however, Gore had one of his most successful games of the season, rushing for 167 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown.[26] In the 49ers' game against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 16 of the season, Gore had 16 carries for 107 yards against an Eagles team that had not given up a 100-yard game in 22 consecutive games. Gore was named a first alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl.[13] On January 20, 2010, Steven Jackson announced he would not be playing in the Pro Bowl because of injury, so Gore was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl in his spot, the second of his career.

2010 seasonEdit

Gore fractured his right hip in a Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals, ending his season[27] after the 49ers put him on IR.[28]

2011 seasonEdit

Gore agreed to a three-year extension on August 30, 2011. Worth $25.9 million, the extension will keep Gore with the San Francisco 49ers through the 2014 season.[29]

During the offseason, the 49ers hired Jim Harbaugh to be their new head coach, applying itself a combination of a great running game, a supplemental passing game and a power house defense. This combination proved to be effective for Gore and the 49ers, leading them to a 13-3 record in the regular season and a playoff spot for the 49ers, their first since 2002 along with a first round bye.

In the first three games of the season, Gore did not perform well, rushing for 148 yards on 59 carries for only 1 touchdown. However, after week 3, this changed. In week 4, the 49ers where down 23-3 at the end of the first half when quarterback Alex Smith and Gore both lead drives to make the end score 24-23 and a 49ers win. Gore rushed for 127 yards and rushed for the game winning touchdown when four minutes were left in the game. Against the Buccaneers, Gore rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown in the 48-3 win for the 49ers. However, his performance in that game was eclipsed by his performance against the Detroit Lions, where he rushed a season high of 141 yards in 15 carries and a touchdown in a 25-19 win for the 49ers, ruining the Lions 5-0 start.

The next few games went pretty well for Gore, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and 107 yards against the Redskins, becoming the 49ers record holder of most consecutive games with a 100 yards (5). However, against the Giants, Gore had an unmemorable performance, rushing for 0 yards and leaving in the second half with a knee injury. This was Gore's first game with 0 rushing yards. He would return the next game, where he would redeem himself against the Arizona Cardinals, where he rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown. Next week, however, he rushed for only 39 yards against the Ravens powerful defense in 49ers 6-16 loss. The next game, however, proved to be a 49ers win against the St. Louis Rams, where Gore became the 49ers' all time leading rusher, surpassing Joe Perry; he rushed for 73 yards on the game. The next week Gore performed well despite losing the game 19-21, rushing for 78 yards and the 49ers only touchdown.

He manage to finished the season on a high note, with a three game winning streak, including one against the Steelers, where he rushed 65 yards and a touchdown. He finished the season with 1,211 yards, having had five season with at least 1,000 rushing yards.

During the playoffs, Gore performed exceedingly well, helping the 49ers set up a touchdown by rushing for 42 yards in the divisional round vs. the Saints; he had a total of 89 yards in the game. During the NFC Championship, Gore rushed for 74 yards against the New York Giants.

2012 SeasonEdit

The 2012 season started with a huge performance against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field with 112 yards with a score in a 30-22 San Francisco win. In week 4 against the New York Jets he had 64 yards along with a touchdown in a 34-0 blowout win in New York. The next week he had 106 yards and another score in 45-3 win against the Buffalo Bills. In week 7 he was the crucial player in a San Francisco 13-6 win against division rivals Seattle Seahawks with 131 yards rushing in 16 carries and 51 yards in 5 receptions. He then had a 7 game streak with 50 rushing yards or more until it was snapped against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle in a 42-13 loss. He ended the season with 1214 yards in 258 carries and 8 touchdowns. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, his sixth appearance.

In the playoffs, the 49ers faced the Green Bay Packers once again, this time in Candlestick Park. He had 119 yards and a score (his quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, had 181 yards rushing, the most by a quarterback in a single game ever). Then the San Francisco 49ers visited Georgia Dome to play against the top seeded Atlanta Falcons. The game was completely dominated in the first quarter by the Falcons with receiver Julio Jones having 100 yards and the 49ers -2. They went 24-14 to halftime with the Falcons leading. The game would end up with the San Francisco 49ers winning 28-24 with Navorro Bowman making the defensive play to stop the Falcons in 4th down inside the 49ers 10 yard line. During the NFC semifinals, Frank Gore had 90 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in the comeback win, allowing the 49ers to enter Super Bowl XLVII, their first Super Bowl entry since 1994.

StatisticsEdit

Rushing:Receiving:
YearAgTm GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTD
2005 22 SF 141 127 609 4.8 723 15 131 8.7 47 0
2006 23 SF 1616 312 1,695 5.4 728 61 485 8.0 39 1
2007 24 SF 1515 260 1,102 4.2 435 53 436 8.2 23 1
2008 25 SF 1414 240 1,063 4.3 416 43 373 8.7 26 2
2009 26 SF 1414 229 1,120 4.9 8010 52 406 7.8 48 3
2010 27 SF 1111 203 853 4.2 64 3 46 452 9.8 41 2
2011 28 SF 1615 282 1,211 4.3 558 17 114 6.7 13 0
2012 29 SF 1616 258 1214 4.7 37 8 28 234 8.4 26 1
Totals: 116102 1,911 8,839 4.6 80 51 315 2,631 8.4 48 10 Stats through the 2012 season.[30]

ReferencesEdit

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  7. College Injury Report
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  10. Dexter Carter NFL & AFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  11. Roger Craig NFL & AFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  12. :: Sensational Sophmores (Frank Gore) | Frank Gore |
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Frank Gore, RB for the San Francisco 49ers at NFL.com
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  20. Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers - Box Score - October 12, 2008 - ESPN
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  27. 49ers announce Frank Gore has broken hip | National Football Post
  28. 49ers place Frank Gore on season-ending I.R. - NFL- NBC Sports
  29. McCAULEY, JANIE. "AP Sports Writer". http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_49ERS_GORE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-30-20-33-15. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
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