For San Francisco 49ers fans, losing two Super Bowls, and two NFC Championship games in the last 10 years has caused plenty of anguish. Not too far behind the two losses, is the regret of not having seen legendary running back Frank Gore win a title.
The ageless one spent 10 seasons with the Niners, racking up 11,073 rushing yards, and 64 touchdowns over 148 games with San Francisco. Gore —who now plays for the New York Jets— wasn’t shy when Bovada asked who the best running back/offensive tackle combo is in NFL history and offered his love for former 49er Joe Staley:
The 37-year-old Gore is entering his 16th season in the league, while Staley announced his retirement earlier this year. The duo spent eight years together in the Bay Area, with Gore averaging 1,096 yards and seven touchdowns per season over that time.
Staley was a stalwart on the Niners’ offensive line throughout his career. He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team, a three-time NFL second-team All-Pro, and six-time Pro Bowler. Not too shabby of a career for Staley.
The Super Bowl loss against the Baltimore Ravens stung a lot at the time, but I felt like the team was due to win a championship with former head coach Jim Harbaugh patrolling the sidelines.
Looking back in hindsight, it sucks that Gore and Staley didn’t get a ring during their time in the Bay Area.
I remember Gore’s final game with the 49ers in 2014. He had 25 carries for 144 yards against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium and proceeded to soak it all in with a lap around the field. The fans showered him with love, knowing full-well change was on the horizon.
Of course, I also loved that Gore did this during the NFC Championship win over the Atlanta Falcons:
What are some of your favorite Frank Gore memories? Where do you think the duo of Gore and Staley ranks among running back-offensive tackle combos in league history?