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Frank Gore becomes oldest player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1984

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In what has been a very rough afternoon for the Colts, there’s one bright spot that emerged: Frank Gore topped the 1,000 mark on the season.

Gore reached the mark on a drive in the third quarter, putting him at 50 yards on the game - which puts him at 1,013 yards for the season. That’s always a significant mark, but it’s even more significant in this case because of the history behind it.

Firstly, Gore is the first Colts player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Joseph Addai did so in 2007. That’s a nine-year span, and earlier this year Gore also broke the Colts’ drought of 100-yard rushers (he’s done it twice this year).

Secondly, Gore is also the oldest player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since John Riggins did it in 1984, and he’s just the fourth player to ever reach that mark at age 33 or older.

Thirdly, it’s Gore’s ninth 1,000 yard season, which puts him in exclusive company. He joins Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders as the only players to rush for 1,000 yards in nine different seasons.

It has been a very good season for the veteran Frank Gore, even though it has been a very rough season for the Colts as a team. That’s not because of Gore, who has given it his all and has always displayed great effort. He obviously would rather be in the postseason, but it’s an impressive individual mark for Gore that’s historically significant.