When you think of the most accomplished running backs in NFL history, you might think of Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, or Marshall Faulk. However, if Frank Gore isn’t on your list, you weren’t paying attention.

Gore, who racked up nine 1,000-yard seasons during his 16-year NFL career, announced that he plans to sign a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers and retire with the team he spent a decade playing for.

“We’re still trying to figure out when I’m going to do my one-day contract. To sign, do my retirement,” Gore said on the SFNiners YouTube channel, saying that it may take a “couple months” for the plan to come together. At that point, his hope is to work in the 49ers’ front office.

“I love looking at talent. I love evaluating talent and I love ball,” Gore said. “And they [the 49ers] know that I know football players, what it’s supposed to take to be a football player.”

Gore spent 10 seasons with the 49ers followed by a three-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts and one-year runs with the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. Across that career, he played in more games than anyone running back in NFL history (241). With an even 16,000 rushing yards, he ranks third all-time behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Gore is also fourth all-time in yards from scrimmage (19,985) and fifth all-time in all-purpose yards (19,992).

The Miami Hurricanes product was named to five Pro Bowls, named Second-team All-Pro in 2006, and was named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.

[ESPN, SFNiners]

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