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NFL Running Backs succesful over age 30

  • BobS
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Here is a list of modern (1950-present) backs who had a 4.0 ypc or higher with a minimum 200 attempts at age 31 or higher. A lot more than I thought. I researched this because Frank Gore is 31 next season and the big discussion whether he should be given a pay cut or waived because of his age.

YEAR PLAYER AGE YPC


1962 JOHN HENRY JOHNSON (33) 4.5
1964 JOHN HENRY JOHNSON (35) 4.5
1981 FRANCO HARRIS (31) 4.1
1984 WALTER PAYTON (31) 4.4
1985 WALTER PAYTON (32) 4.8
1986 WALTER PAYTON (33) 4.2
1985 TONY DORSETT (31) 4.3
1995 MARCUS ALLEN (35) 4.3
1996 MARCUS ALLEN (36) 4.0
2000 EMMIT SMITH (31) 4.1
2000 RICKY WATTERS (31) 4.5
2004 CURTIS MARTIN (31) 4.6
2006 TIKI BARBER (31) 5.1
2006 WARRICK DUNN (31) 4.0
2007 FRED TAYLOR (31) 5.4
2009 RICKY WILLIAMS (32) 4.7
2009 THOMAS JONES (31) 4.2
[ Edited by BobS on Mar 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM ]
That's a short list. So to sum it up, grouping them by age:

# of age 31 -- 10
# of age 32 -- 2
# of age 33 -- 2
# of age 34 -- 0
# of age 35 -- 2
# of age 36 -- 1

I think Frank has what it takes to give us another good year. This is likely his last. Next year he is 32 and his contract expires.
  • TJA85
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Originally posted by SofaKing:
That's a short list. So to sum it up, grouping them by age:

# of age 31 -- 10
# of age 32 -- 2
# of age 33 -- 2
# of age 34 -- 0
# of age 35 -- 2
# of age 36 -- 1

I think Frank has what it takes to give us another good year. This is likely his last. Next year he is 32 and his contract expires.

Guess 34 is the off year lol
49er O.J. Simpson >

  • BobS
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Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

Yes sir,im so glad i was too young.Read about that and thought wtf.
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

We did experience that in 2004.
  • cciowa
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Originally posted by Jakemall:
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

We did experience that in 2004.
it was worse back then,, we never had the option of getting better via the draft
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by Jakemall:
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

We did experience that in 2004.
it was worse back then,, we never had the option of getting better via the draft



It still sucked
  • BobS
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Originally posted by Jakemall:
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

We did experience that in 2004.
Only once, 78-79 was 2-14 twice in a row.
  • BobS
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Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by Jakemall:
Originally posted by BobS:
Every time I see O.J. Simpson in a 49er uniform I think of back to back 2-14 seasons, most of you are fortunate you were too young to experience that.

We did experience that in 2004.
it was worse back then,, we never had the option of getting better via the draft
The less than 45 crowd probably don't know we traded 5 high draft picks over two seasons for a broken down future murderer with bad knees.
What does the list look like if you include past the age of 30? I thought that list was pretty small as well. I think Gore sort of defied age this season. Maybe he can do it for another year.

The one thing Gore has going for him is his vision and patience -- those things don't degrade with age (insert senile grandpa joke here). Speed and power may go, but patience and finding holes does not. That lends itself for Gore being effective for as long as possible. That said, he's clearly nearing the end of the line.
  • GEEK
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If Frank Gore can rival Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills in terms of yardage and TDs, I'd be very happy.

Fred Jackson is 33 years old and still going strong.
Originally posted by GEEK:
If Frank Gore can rival Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills in terms of yardage and TDs, I'd be very happy.

Fred Jackson is 33 years old and still going strong.

I'd be stoked if Gore can have that production now, and hopefully in the future.

Only thing is Gore has way more tread on the tires than Jackson. Nearly double the amount of career carries (2,187 to 1,139).
Interesting. Doesn't prove anything, though when you take it from generalities to specifics.