Today’s been full of transactions for the 49ers, but nothing will top Frank Gore retiring. On Thursday afternoon, he officially put out a statement:
“One of the very first things I told the 49ers organization when they drafted me in 2005 was that they got the right guy. I knew early on that I wouldn’t let my college career define me in regards to injuries and that I would have to outwork a lot of people to get to where I wanted to be.
After 10 years in San Francisco and 16 years in the NFL, I can confidently say that I put all I had into the game of football. Football was and is everything to me. From meetings and film study to practice and just being in the locker room, all of it meant the world to me. I am happy to officially close this chapter of my life and proud of what I was able to accomplish and the legacy I leave behind.
I want to thank my entire family, who was with me the entire way. I would also like to thank Denise and Dr. York, Jed York, and each coach I was fortunate enough to play for. To my teammates, the ones I sweat and strained with every game, thank you for continuing to push me to want more and not settle for the status quo.
Being inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, one of the most historic franchises in all of sports, is something that is hard to put into words. This organization will always be a part of me, one that I will forever associate myself with. I will talk about San Francisco as ‘we’ and ‘us’ for the rest of my life, and will support the 49ers and The Faithful in every way possible.”
Gore didn’t hold a press conference or have any media session, which is fitting. But how can you not love him leading by reminding the Niners that they made the right choice? After 16 years in the NFL, he deserves it.
49ers CEO Jed York announced Gore would become the 31st member of the team’s prestigious Hall of Fame:
“We are thrilled to induct Frank Gore into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, his rightful place among our all-time greats. Frank had to overcome many challenges upon entering the NFL and now leaves the game not only as one of the best backs in NFL history, but one of the best football players ever.
Frank’s 16-year NFL career is a testament to his durability, having played in more games than any other running back in league history. His grit, toughness and commitment to greatness earned him the respect of his coaches, teammates and opponents. We knew this day would come when Frank would retire a 49er and we look forward to The Faithful celebrating his induction into the 49ers Hall of Fame in Levi’s Stadium this upcoming season.”
During his time with the 49ers, Gore ran for 1,421 yards averaging 5.1 yards per carry. The Seahawks are the Niners’ home opener in the second week of the season. What better way to kick off the season and the Trey Lance era than by retiring Gore’s number against a team he used to run wild against?