Frank Gore surpasses LaDainian Tomlinson to enter NFL’s top-five all-time rushing list
Frank Gore, who began Week 13 No. 7 on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,636 yards, surpassed Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis (13,662) and LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) to break into the top five Sunday in Jacksonville.
Gore, 34, passed Bettis early on in the action before bypassing Tomlinson in the third quarter. Gore has 12 carries for 60 yards in the game and 13,696 yards on 3,138 carries in his 13-year career.
Gore, originally drafted in the third round by the 49ers in 2005, has authored a remarkable career that could end with his enshrinement in Canton alongside Bettis and Tomlinson. Gore has missed just 12 games in his career, and none since 2010. That after suffering a torn left ACL while a member of the Miami Hurricanes in 2003.
Gore, revered around the league as one of the game’s most fearless runners, now trails Curtis Martin, No. 4 on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, by 405 yards.
Gore entered Sunday with a career average of 4.4 yards per carry, including 77 rushing touchdowns. One of the game’s best pass protectors, Gore has added 434-3,596-16 as a receiver.
A former stalwart of back-to-back NFC conference champion clubs with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh, Gore has spent the past three seasons with the Colts.