San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore departed in free agency last week, signing with the Indianapolis Colts after a brief dalliance with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last week, Gore posted on Instagram, thanking 49ers fans and the 49ers front office. On Monday, Gore released a more formal statement thanking the team and the fans.
"As I look forward to an exciting new opportunity, I cannot help but to reminisce about the past 10 years in the Bay Area. I would like to, once again, thank the York family and the 49ers organization for giving me the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. I am truly thankful to all of my 49ers teammates, coaches and staff that have helped me reach milestones and strive for greatness over the years. And to my fans: I do not know where to start, there are no words to describe how appreciative I am of the support and encouragement each and every one of you has provided. I will always carry you with me. Thank you for everything."
Gore certainly did not need to release a statement or even have someone release it on his behalf. But Gore wears his emotions on his sleeve, and clearly loved playing for the 49ers. He walked away from the 49ers as the franchise rushing leader, and still has a shot at one day earning enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We'll continue tracking his weekly progress next season as he looks to climb further up the all-time rushing leaderboard, and potentially bring home a Super Bowl ring. While I certainly want to see the 49ers win the Super Bowl, my second choice would be the Colts.