Frank Gore being named in NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2011 comes as no surprise by any means, but his standing as the game’s 94th-best player is somewhat of a shock.
“What is there not to like about the way Frank Gore plays?” asked Jim Harbaugh at the start of Gore’s video segment.
Off the success of their Top 100 all-time players, NFLN has decided to create a new yearly series which unveils the game’s Top 100 current players as voted on by the players themselves.
Gore’s 94th ranking might be due to his season-ending hip fracture suffered on “Monday Night Football,” on Nov. 29 in Arizona. Gore was on pace for his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season until the injury forced him to miss the last five games of the year. He finished 2010 with 853 yards on 203 carries, adding three rushing and two receiving touchdowns.
“He’s competitive. He’s tough. He’s talented. He’s a team player. He’s all out all the time, a coach’s dream,” Harbaugh went on to say in the package.
Perhaps the highest compliment came from Gore’s running backs coach of the past two seasons, two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Rathman, who said he’s never been around a more passionate player in his life.
“There is not a flaw in his game. Period,” Rathman said.
So with a full season under his belt in 2011, you have to think Gore ranks much higher on next year’s list.
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