Frank Gore is 36 years old, splitting time with rookie Devin Singletary, and still putting up numbers. Sunday against the Broncos, Gore passed Lions great Barry Sanders on the all-time rushing list, sitting only behind Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith and should he play at least one more season, he could possibly pass Payton.
Let that sink in for a moment. Frank Gore is now third on the all-time rushing list. This is a guy who came into the league in 2005 and quietly just continued to rack up yards. In just his second year, he ran for over 1,600 yards and has rushed for over 1,00 yards in all but five seasons (most likely six after this one) and one of those years he was injured and in the other three he was behind terrible offensive lines with the Colts and Dolphins.
In 15 years, Gore has only missed 14 games despite being the workhorse back and carrying the ball an average of 235 times/year.
He's also done this despite enduring two ACL tears in college while at the University of Miami.
There's no doubt that he should end up in Canton when his career is all said and done and Devin Singletary is one lucky back to be able to learn from a classy back like Gore.
The Bills and fans aren't the only ones who noticed Gore's accomplishment on Sunday.
It will be a wait and see game if he can make it to number two on the rushing list, passing Walter Payton and passing Emmitt Smith will be highly unlikely but in any case Gore's career has been a great one.
Congratulations to one of the best!