Running back Frank Gore to retire as 49ers

Although Gore spent the last six years of his career on other teams, his love for the 49ers never faded.

Running back Frank Gore will sign a one-day contract with the 49ers and retire as a member of the 49ers, NFL Network reporters reported Thursday. The 49ers also announced that Gore will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame for the 2022 season.

49ers CEO Jade York said: “Since entering the league, Frank has overcome many challenges and retired as one of the best running backs in league history, if not one of the best players. His 16-year long career is a testament to his stamina, playing more games than any running back. His guts, grit and commitment have earned him the respect of coaches, teammates and opponents.”

Gore rushed for 11,703 yards and 64 touchdowns in his 10 years with the 49ers. His total rushing yards (13,956) ranks second in franchise history behind wide receiver Jerry Rice.

Gore went on to play for the Colts, Dolphins, Bills and Jets. In his 16 seasons, he rushes 3,735 times for 16,000 yards, ranking third in history for both statistics. Gore also finished with 81 rushing touchdowns for 3,985 yards and 18 touchdowns.