49ers’ Kyle Shanahan praises Frank Gore: ‘He’s right there with the best fullbacks ever’
There is great respect between the San Francisco 49ers, Frank Gore and the fans. On June 2, the legendary running back signed a one-day deal with the 49ers, officially retiring with the team that drafted him in 2005.
Gore continues to cheer on his former team, even while playing elsewhere in the NFL. He has a strong relationship with the team’s CEO, Jed York, and loves The Faithful. Fans love him back.
Count 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan among the many who have great respect for all that Gore has accomplished in his 16 years in the NFL.
“He’s right there with the best guards of all time,” Shanahan said at 49ers franchise status an event. “Anybody can go through your back and pick yours, and I think everybody jumps on Barry Sanders because he’s the most obvious. No one could touch him… But there’s all different opinions. That depends on what situation you’re in, the O-line, to have those stats and everything, but Frank is as good as anybody.”
Shanahan remembers coming into the NFL as a quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers drafted Gore the following year. Shanahan attended draft prep meetings, listening to prospect evaluations. When the running backs appeared, the Buccaneers scouts ranked the others ahead of Gore. Tampa Bay ended up selecting Cadillac Williams in the first round. The 49ers drafted Gore two rounds later.
“I just remember that at a young age I saw [Gore’s film] and saying, ‘Why isn’t this guy the best?’ “Said Shanahan.
Other staff members explained that Gore dealt with injuries in college, creating concerns about how long he could last in the NFL.
“So he goes to the third round, and he doesn’t [get hurt], and he succeeds,” Shanahan continued. “So that’s the story I always go to. So there are many [of players] that work the other way around. But Frank was always so good. And to see the adversity he had in college, and coming into the league, every year he ran the same; and how hard he ran, how he always hit the right hole, how you had to tackle him, he made people tackle him. It was never going to fall unless you did everything you could to get it.
“And he’s been doing it for about 100 years. That’s what amazes me. No matter how tough you are, running back is unlike any other position in the sport. Whether it’s in high school , in college or in the NFL, it’s just different. And you look at these guys, and it’s hard to keep that. Not only the talent but the mindset to do it. You not only have to have the body to do it, but there has to be something different inside, and Frank always had that.”
Shanahan added that Gore was not only good at carrying the ball. He was also a dominant blocker, which made him a phenomenal all-around player.
General manager John Lynch was an eight-time finalist in the Pro Football Hall of Fame before finally being inducted into Canton. He doesn’t expect Gore, who becomes eligible in 2026, to have to wait as long as he does. Lynch was asked if he thought Gore was a first-round Hall of Famer.
“I think so,” Lynch replied. “I think his record speaks for itself.”
Gore ended his illustrious career with 16,000 rushing yards. Only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) rank higher on the all-time list. Gore’s 11,073 rushing yards in 10 seasons with San Francisco are the most by a single player in franchise history.
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