While his season stats themselves don’t necessarily lead you to believe it, Colts running back Frank Gore has been impressive in spurts in his 13th season in the NFL and today moved into 7th all time ahead of legendary Colts running back Eric Dickerson in career rushing yards.
It couldn’t have come on a better day with the ceremony honoring legendary Colts quarterback Peyton Manning that took place before, during, and after the Colts Week 5 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the team that drafted Frank Gore in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL draft, 65th overall.
For the game, Gore tallied 14 carries for 48 yards along with 3 catches for 38 yards in the Colts overtime win.
Reliable, dual-threat running backs aren’t easy to come by, and something I noticed today is that Frank Gore’s 4.4 career yards per carry are higher than that of the 3 next leading all time rushers he’ll overtake this year in Jerome Bettis, LaDanian Tomlinson, and Curtis Martin.
It appears like it’s going to be a running back by committee effort moving forward, and with rookie running back and fellow Floridian Marlon Mack stealing the spotlight, I expect the impact on paper for Frank to continue to diminish or at least be overshadowed by young Mack’s fresh cuts, but I have no doubt Gore will finish this season somewhere around 5th all time in rushing and I will forever appreciate the strength and longevity of his career dating back to his college days as a Miami Hurricane (War Ibis).
Frank Gore is the first player in NFL history with 11 consecutive 1,200-yards from scrimmage seasons and continues to add to his long and distinguished career with every carry and catch. Dual threat running backs are just as rare as reliable ones, and Frank’s got it all. This is the kind of player you could have built a franchise around, and it would be nice if the Colts were able to add a Super Bowl to his trophy case and further cement his already certain Hall of Fame career.