Does Passing Barry Sanders Make Frank Gore a Hall of Famer?

In his 15th season in the NFL, Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore has continued to prove to be an ageless wonder out of the backfield. Gore has racked up numerous impressive career marks along the way in his illustrious career. During Week 12 action against the Denver Broncos, he put another notch on his resume by passing up one of the greatest to play the game in former Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders.

Frank Gore’s illustrious career

Since entering the league, Gore has been a constant factor out of the backfield behind his reliable play

The 36-year-old’s production has dropped down a notch as he has aged, but he has remained a strong asset. That has led to Gore being alongside four Hall of Famers in Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Curtis Martin to notch at least 1,000 rushing yards nine times.

He also holds the mark for most consecutive campaigns with at least 400 rushing yards (15), with at least 500 yards (14) and at least 600 rushing yards (14). Gore is also tied with Smith for the most consecutive seasons with at least 700 rushing yards. He has the opportunity to add another year to each of those NFL marks.

On top of that, Gore is one of four players to have 15,000 career rushing yards alongside Smith, Payton and Sanders. The five-time Pro Bowler has now added another historic feat to his name by passing an all-time great.

Frank Gore surpasses Barry Sanders

The decision to return for his 15th year in the league put the opportunity for Gore to continue to add his impressive career.

One of those marks that rose above all else in 2019 was the chance to surpass Sanders on the all-time rushing yards list. Gore accomplished that feat during Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos.

Gore has played a secondary role in the running game, but he has continued to pile up on productive outings. He piled up on his sixth game outing with more than 60 rushing yards this season with 65 yards on 15 carries against the Broncos.

There hasn’t been any notable drop off in his play regardless of his role as he was able to tally 109 rushing yards against the stout New England Patriots defense. It marked his 45th 100th career rushing yard performance, which ties him for 14th all-time with Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett. All of that brings into the picture whether the totality of Gore’s career up to this point has earned him enough to one day be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Is Frank Gore a Hall of Famer?

Although the decision of retirement isn’t one that Gore has yet to fully consider given his play on the field, the discussion of the Hall of Fame has cropped up again after this latest feat. The more accolades that Gore adds to his resume, the harder it has become to ignore considering him to one day don a gold jacket.

It has been several years since Gore was considered one of the game’s top running backs. Still, the longevity to continue to be a viable, productive asset out of the backfield into his mid-30s is quite remarkable. There haven’t been many players at the position before him to not only play this far into their career while showing tremendous durability as he has missed just two games since the 2010 season.

Gore has the production there to back that up as he also holds numerous 49ers’ all-time marks such as most career rushing yards (11,073), rushing touchdowns (65), most rushing yards in a single season (1,695). With no imminent end in sight to his NFL career, the third all-time leading rusher will continue to add to bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.