Originally posted by Gore_21:
If you include Joe Perry's AAFC (folded after 1949, 9ers Join NFL in 50) yards (which the NFL doesn't in the stat book) he had 9723 and 2021 receiving. Gore has 9134 and 2687. So 11821 for Gore, Perry 11744... Gore has more all purpose yards but is still technically 589 away from tying Perry although since they don't count AAFC's yards for the NFL Perry had like 7344 so Gore passed him long ago for that. So assuming no injuries Gore should pass him for real and truly cement himself as the 49ers all time leading rusher.
If you are looking for a list of the 49ers all time leading rushers here it is:
I think these guys would be in my top 9. It depends if you rank them based on career or per season.
Frank Gore, Roger Craig, Joe Perry, Hugh McElhenny, Ken Willard, JD Smith, Garrison Hearst, Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner
Hearst, Watters and Garner had amazing years but there stay with us was way too short. And to the question is he a top 10 9er I say yes he should be somewhere near the bottom of the top 10.
Hard to compare Perry to Gore just based on raw numbers.
Gore plays 16 games/year. Perry played when the season was only 12 games. If Perry had played 16 games/season, Gore would have to play till he was 35 to catch him.
Also, Perry shared carries with Hugh McElhenny and John Henry Johnson, two HOF RBs. As a result, over the 10 years from 1950 to 1959, Perry only averaged 11 carries game. Gore has been the featured back ever since he took over from Barlow and got most of the carries. As a result, Gore averaged 15 carries/game from 2006 through 2012. On that basis, I would argue Perry was a much more productive back than Gore.
EDIT: Gore has played in 40 more games than Perry while averaging 15 carries/game. That is 600 more carries.
[ Edited by dj43 on Sep 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM ]