4 former 49ers who need to be in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

49ers Player No. 2: Running Back Frank Gore

To be honest, San Francisco’s all-time leading rusher, running back Frank Gore, will never get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Simply because he’ll never retire, and therefore will never be eligible.

OK, in all seriousness, it’s silly to think there’s an argument against Gore getting into the hall. Whatever arguments there are against Gore usually center around the fact his 16,000 rush yards entering 2021 — third-best all time — were the result of him merely staying in the league for so long.

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While true, Gore never once was a league leader in any one particular rushing category during his 16-year career to date, it’s important to note the first portion of his career was played on some awfully terrible 49ers teams where he was essentially the lone offensive weapon.

And that all came during the prime of his career, too.

On top of that, in terms of all-time leading rushers where Gore is No. 3 overall, you’d have to go down to the No. 17 player on that list, running back Fred Taylor, to find your first non-Hall of Famer.

There’s an argument, too, Taylor should be inducted.

But leaving the third-best rusher of all time out of Canton? That would be blasphemy, and his longevity alone at a position that usually forces players to retire around the age of 30 years old only adds to his pedigree.