Maybe this is a shock to some, but former 49ers running back Kendall Hunter ended up being a solid backup option to then-starting tailback Frank Gore.
Hunter, whose tenure with the Niners began in 2011, averaged 4.6 yards per carry his three seasons in San Francisco. With Gore aging, it was important to put Hunter into the mix as a reliable change-of-pace option for the 49ers’ run-heavy offense during the earlier parts of the decade.
This certainly kept the wear and tear off Gore’s body, allowing the future Hall of Famer (yes, we’re going there) a chance to provide better impacts during San Francisco’s multiple playoff runs.
Simply put, Hunter should get a lot of credit.
Injuries eventually resulted in a split between Hunter and the 49ers in 2014.