The San Francisco 49ers may have a lost season, but I have no problem continuing to follow and cheer on Frank Gore as the season moves along. In Week 16, Gore reached another huge milestone. Gore surpassed the 13,000 mark in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders. He entered the game 69 yards short of the mark, and an 11-yard run put him over the top. Unfortunately, he also fumbled on the play and the Colts are getting run out of the building in Oakland.
Gore is only the eighth player to reach the 13,000 yard mark. Considering he entered the league coming off torn ACLs on both knees, and then had surgery on both shoulders after his rookie year, it is insane how durable he has been. He had the busted hip in 2010, but since then, he has not missed a game.
The next running back on the all-time leaderboard is Eric Dickerson, at 13,259. Barring an insane performance in Week 17, Gore will have to wait until next season to move into No. 7 all time.
Gore does have one milestone to work for in Week 17. Following the run that put him up over 13,000 yards, he now has 13,001 yards. From there he needs 39 more yards to reach 1,000 for the season. If he does that, he will be the oldest running back (33) since John Riggins (35) to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.