Many would argue that the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time rushing leader will wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.
But still, even in the short term, Frank Gore will be represented in Canton, Ohio.
The Hall of Fame recently received items to display from the team’s history-making performance in a Week 5 win over the Buffalo Bills. In a 45-3 victory, the 49ers became the first team in league history to rush and pass for more than 300 yards in the same game.
To celebrate the achievement, the Hall of Fame is preserving the milestone in the form of a game ball signed by Alex Smith and Frank Gore, plus Gore’s game-worn gloves and shoes.
Gore’s pink Breast Cancer Awareness cleats picked up 106 yards on 14 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run. Smith posted his best outing of his eight-year career that day, finishing the game with 303 passing yards, three touchdowns and a career-best passer rating of 156.2.
49ers.com visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this season and put together a blog with photos and a recap of the experience.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle checked in with Gore who is breathing much better now after dealing with bruised ribs from the Seattle game. Branch: “Gore, who termed it the most painful injury he’s played through, also had difficulty taking deep breaths in the aftermath of a 13-6 win over Seattle. Four days after sustaining the injury, though, he went though Monday’s non-contact practice and expressed optimism that he’ll play on Oct. 29 at Arizona.”
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the 49ers are mindful about not misusing Colin Kaepernick off the bench. Inman: “Coach Jim Harbaugh said last week that Kaepernick is merely “an added weapon” and that the 49ers are happy to get “plenty of everything” from Smith.”
Inman also shared the congratulatory messages from 49ers players after the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shares the comments of LaMichael James who’s working diligently behind the scenes despite being inactive all season.
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