Ex-49er Frank Gore ‘definitely' Hall of Famer in Marshall Faulk's eyes


49ers legend Frank Gore could be a Hall of Famer, but don’t take our word for it -- just ask Marshall Faulk. He knows a thing or two about being inducted into the Hall as a running back.

On Thursday in an interview with 95.7 The Game, Faulk made sure Gore would be mentioned within the groups of greats in Canton.

“If you can have a stellar short career and have some fantastic seasons like guys have had, and you let them in for that, then longevity at the position that we play has to get the same kind of -- you have to look at it the same way,” Faulk said. “You have to look at longevity at the position. And here’s the reality -- Frank wasn’t a guy that you were platooning. I mean, his days, you know, he was bell-cowing it. He’s the down-and-dirty guy. He’s not the run-outside, third-down back. No, he’s your hammer. He’s your hammer. And he’s consistently been that wherever he’s been.”

To say Gore is durable would be an understatement. 

He ranks as the No. 3 all-time rusher in NFL history (15,347 yards) during his 15-year career -- 10 of them spent with San Francisco in which he became the franchise's all-time rushing leader.

He remains a mainstay with the organization and had a special bond with recently retired tackle Joe Staley. 

Staley said he was a huge fan of Gore growing up and respected him as the leader as he played with him for eight seasons and considers Gore a lifelong friend

Gore continues to receive compliments from Hall of Famers.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection was told back in 2009 to not worry about his age by none other than Marcus Allen. And as Gore just celebrated his 37th birthday, he appears to take that advice to heart.

Faulk, who has his own set of impressive accomplishments, added last season when Gore was in his first season with the Buffalo Bills, he beat out veteran running back LeSean McCoy for the job.

[RELATED: Josh Allen calls Gore 'greatest human alive]

“Beat him out!” Faulk announced. “So, I definitely look at Frank as a Hall of Famer.”

Gore recently signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets -- his fifth team across his career. 

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