The San Francisco 49ers All-Time leading rusher Frank Gore will start for the New York Jets, coach Adam Gase announces. Le’Veon Bell suffered a strained hamstring in the Jets’ Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills and has been put on injured reserve.
Gore received a lot of praise from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, someone that knows a thing or two about running backs.
“I love Frank Gore,” Shanahan said. “He’s one of the best to ever play, one of the most underrated. His longevity and numbers finally give him more attention that’s past due.”
Shanahan said he was embarking on his first NFL job as a Tampa Bay quality control coach when he first admired Gore, who was at the University of Miami.
“He runs so hard,” Shanahan said. “Guys who run that hard can rarely play to his age. It shows how dedicated and talented he is. He’s a special dude.”
Last season for Buffalo Bills, Gore had 155 rushing attempts for 599 yards and two touchdowns and in the process passed Barry Sanders for No. 3 on the All-Time Rushing List
“I’m happy I was able to hit this milestone at home in front of the Buffalo fans,” Gore said last season. “It hasn’t been an easy road to get to Year 15, but I am very blessed.”
“They told me I would be [in the NFL] two or three years. When I got drafted in the third round, they said San Francisco reached on me,” he said. “After the game, when I saw all the cameras, I was like, ‘Man, I passed Barry.’ Barry is one of the best, if not the best to do it. … And I’m a guy who they said wouldn’t be in the league for more than two or three years, and I got a chance to pass him today.
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