Few among the 49ers Faithful would argue about Frank Gore being a Hall of Fame-caliber player, but there’s still an argument against him for some reason.
It’s time to explore the other side of the argument, one which San Francisco 49ers fans (and the bulk of fans across the league) have little trouble discounting.
Legendary running back Frank Gore, the Niners’ all-time leading rusher and the player who sits at No. 3 on the NFL’s all-time leading rushing list behind only Pro Football Hall of Fame players, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith, shouldn’t be enshrined in Canton.
OK, hold up… what? That’s an argument?
Yeah, it is.
A personal note here. Back in high school, one of the things I challenged myself to do was take a stance on something I wholly disagreed with. Sometimes I was forced to do it, as was the case in those speech and debate classes. For others, I only tried doing it to see the opposite perspective.
I’m going to try to do that here, breaking down the arguments made by critics of Gore’s Hall of Fame candidacy.
Skipping ahead to the conclusion, the basis of those arguments is folly. Completely wrong and ignorant of the fact Gore put forth one of the best careers in pro football: 16,000 yards exactly over 16 years. San Francisco fans know this all too well because they got to witness it firsthand during the prime years of his career.
Still, it’s worth exploring the other side of the argument coin, even if it still leads to the same conclusion: Gore is worthy of a bust in Canton.
Nevertheless, let’s take a look at three common arguments against Gore being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (and why they’re wrong).