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Is Frank Gore a Top-10 All Time 49er?

  • mayo49
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Ricky Watters should not be in any top 10.
Originally posted by mayo49:
Ricky Watters should not be in any top 10.

This. Maybe the top ten mouthiest Niners along with William Floyd.
[ Edited by zeppfan1 on Oct 21, 2012 at 6:58 AM ]
Montana
Young
RC Owens
Leo Nom
Joe Perry
BY
Haley
YA
Lott
Rice

Pretty hard to crack that line up.
gore is only 29 fellas
Originally posted by 24plus25er:
Originally posted by WeAreLegend:
The fact this question is being asked tells me some fans need to do some history work. There's been some huge talent on this team through the years.

No one is denying that, but Frank Gore is easily the best 49ers running back of all-time, and def a 1st ballot hall of famer. So yes, that makes him top 10, not top 5 but at least top 10. Keep in mind he has compiled most of his stats on some very bad teams facing 8-9 man fronts.

Frank Gore is definitely not a first ballot hall of famer. 49er hall of fame? Sure. NFL hall of fame? I doubt it.
Yes
  • buck
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This is a difficult question.

There are 14 players in the Hall of Fame who played multiple years for the 49ers.

1. Jerry Rice
2. Ronnie Lott
3. Joe Montana
4. Steve Young
5. Leo Nomellini
6. Joe Perry
7. Hugh McElhenny
8.Y.A. Tittle
9.John Henry Johnson
10. T Bob St. Clair
11. Jimmy Johnson
12. RB O.J. Simpson
13. Dave Wilcox
14. DE Fred Dean
Originally posted by buck:
This is a difficult question.

There are 14 players in the Hall of Fame who played multiple years for the 49ers.

1. Jerry Rice
2. Ronnie Lott
3. Joe Montana
4. Steve Young
5. Leo Nomellini
6. Joe Perry
7. Hugh McElhenny
8.Y.A. Tittle
9.John Henry Johnson
10. T Bob St. Clair
11. Jimmy Johnson
12. RB O.J. Simpson
13. Dave Wilcox
14. DE Fred Dean

Great point! The only guy I would eliminate from contention for a list would be OJ...not because he is a criminal but due to his limited play with the 9ers. Everyone else made a major impact on the team.

Yup...top ten is impossible!
Originally posted by buck:
This is a difficult question.

There are 14 players in the Hall of Fame who played multiple years for the 49ers.

1. Jerry Rice
2. Ronnie Lott
3. Joe Montana
4. Steve Young
5. Leo Nomellini
6. Joe Perry
7. Hugh McElhenny
8.Y.A. Tittle
9.John Henry Johnson
10. T Bob St. Clair
11. Jimmy Johnson
12. RB O.J. Simpson
13. Dave Wilcox
14. DE Fred Dean

OJ does not belong in any conversation about 49ers Greatest. Other than the one which is headed 49ers Greatest Mistakes.
Originally posted by 9erfanAUS:
Originally posted by 24plus25er:
Originally posted by WeAreLegend:
The fact this question is being asked tells me some fans need to do some history work. There's been some huge talent on this team through the years.

No one is denying that, but Frank Gore is easily the best 49ers running back of all-time, and def a 1st ballot hall of famer. So yes, that makes him top 10, not top 5 but at least top 10. Keep in mind he has compiled most of his stats on some very bad teams facing 8-9 man fronts.

Frank Gore is definitely not a first ballot hall of famer. 49er hall of fame? Sure. NFL hall of fame? I doubt it.
If he stays with this playoff caliber team for at least two more years he will be in the top 20 all time leading rushers
Emmitt Smith18,3552
Walter Payton16,7263
Barry Sanders15,2694
Curtis Martin14,1015
LaDainian Tomlinson13,6846
Jerome Bettis13,6627
Eric Dickerson13,2598
Tony Dorsett12,7399
Jim Brown12,31210
Marshall Faulk12,27911
Edgerrin James12,24612
Marcus Allen12,24313
Franco Harris12,12014
Thurman Thomas12,07415
Fred Taylor11,69516
John Riggins11,35217
Corey Dillon11,24118
O.J. Simpson11,23619
Warrick Dunn10,96720
Ricky Watters10,64321
Jamal Lewis10,60722
Thomas Jones 10,59123
Tiki Barber10,44924
Eddie George10,44125
Ottis Anderson10,273


All-Time NFL Leaders-Total Yards From Scrimmage (as of Sept. 15, 2008)


1Jerry Rice 23,540
2 Emmitt Smith 21,579
3Walter Payton 21,264
4Marshall Faulk 19,154
5Barry Sanders 18,190
6Marcus Allen 17,654
7Curtis Martin 17,430
8Thurman Thomas 16,532
9Tony Dorsett 16,293 13 years in league
10Tiki Barber 15,632 12 yrs
11Eric Dickerson 15,396 11yrs
12Tim Brown 15,124 17yrs
13Jerome Bettis 15,111 13yrs
14Edgerrin James 15,002 10yrs
Yes
yes
  • buck
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Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by buck:
This is a difficult question.

There are 14 players in the Hall of Fame who played multiple years for the 49ers.

1. Jerry Rice
2. Ronnie Lott
3. Joe Montana
4. Steve Young
5. Leo Nomellini
6. Joe Perry
7. Hugh McElhenny
8.Y.A. Tittle
9.John Henry Johnson
10. T Bob St. Clair
11. Jimmy Johnson
12. RB O.J. Simpson
13. Dave Wilcox
14. DE Fred Dean

OJ does not belong in any conversation about 49ers Greatest. Other than the one which is headed 49ers Greatest Mistakes.

Good point.

By the way, as of today Gore has 8,226 yards rushing and 2,507 receiving; a total of 10,733 yards from scrimmage.
[ Edited by buck on Oct 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM ]
To put in perspective the Gore vs. Craig comparisons, Craig was far ahead of his time, but look at what Gore is doing in year 8. Remember, Craig fell off dramatically after that fantastic season in 1988. He was in year 8 in 1990, a season when we had virtually no running game. Gore has been the focal point of the offense almost his entire career and is still getting it done. After getting past the Mt. Rushmore of 49ers greats (Lott, Rice, Montana, Young), then it's debate about the other guys. I can't speak at length about the Jimmy Johnsons, Y.A. Titles, etc, but from 1985 onward, I'd say he's easily top 10. I have a special place in my heart for the great players outside of the dynasty years.
Originally posted by notsoempty86:
yes.

but, does anybody else think Frank should have been able to finish that first long run? The one that ended up with a pick...

I love frank, and his heart, and his vision are unparalleled. But he definitely does not have the legs to finish a long run anymore. Hunter probably scores if he takes that same hand off and gets that same blocking.

No. I don't think that and Hunter would not have been able to finish it either. Dude had bruised his ribs earlier in the game and still made all that happen. He was obviously not right but was still explosive enough to make that long run happen in the first place. A rib injury would make many of us unable to jog.