Originally posted by dj43:
Different running styles but I do not agree that Craig could not have put up similar numbers if he had been in the same situation as Gore. OTOH, I believe Walsh would have turned Gore into a much better pass receiver than he has been. That part of his game looked promising early in his career but seems to have faded completely under Harbaugh.
To be honest, we are talking about two very good football players, both of whom SHOULD be in the HOF someday.
This is something I brought up in another topic. It's VERY LIKELY that Gore will eclipse the 10K yard mark by the end of this season. Still, there are MANY backs who have eclipsed this mark who are NOT YET in the H.O.F. and half of them are considered by most people unlikely to ever get in. If Gore only plays through next year he has a CHANCE at ending his career at 11K.
If you're a 49er fan you might say this is enough because we follow the team very closely and know what he means to it in and out. However, we must remember that the H.O.F. is 40% popularity contest - which is why guys like Aeneas Williams (he played 10 years for the awful Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals) have a difficult time getting in even though they deserve it.
Gore played his best years in the Dark Ages of 49er football. Do you think this, combined with the fact that there are may "lost" backs well over the 10K mark, hurt his chances? Remember, you're on the outside looking in when voting (as in not a 49er fan).
[ Edited by trellblaze on Sep 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM ]