BAH GAWD IT HAPPENED!!! Or at least Frank Gore says he is going to retire in a few months, which could change when 100 different running backs inevitably get banged up during the NFL season and teams need to find a reliable guy that led his team in rushing at 37 years young during his last season. Yeah it was the Jets but still, even hearing the R word out of Frank's mouth was an utter shock even if he has a kid that is a Junior in college and he already is crossing things off the checklist of things athletes do after they retire.
Nonetheless, this announcement is the end of childhoods for a bunch of people and maybe even adulthoods since Frank Gore has been in the NFL FOR-EV-ER despite playing the position that is most easily chewed up then spit out in the league. It would be a real shame if another huge figure in sports retired last night after a long career and immediately got retirement cucked by Frank Gore.
A bunch of NFL fans probably don't even realize that Gore entered the NFL with durability concerns since he tore his ACL twice in college. Yes, that sentence is preposterous to write after everything we saw Frank Gore do in the pros, including finishing 3rd all-time in rushing with exactly 16,000 yards while playing the most games ever by an NFL running back and could probably get you 10 points in fantasy if you really need it.
But it's crazy, it's true, and also gives me an excuse to mention that he played for the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and laugh at the ridiculousness that was their team.
The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are considered by many experts and historians the greatest team in college football history. The Hurricanes scored 512 (42.6 points per game) points while yielding only 117 (9.75 points allowed per game). Miami beat opponents by an average of 32.9 points per game, the largest margin in the school’s history, and set the NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked teams (124–7). The offense set the school scoring record, while the defense led the nation in scoring defense (fewest points allowed), pass defense, and turnover margin. Additionally, the Hurricane defense scored eight touchdowns of its own. Six players earned All-American status and six players were finalists for national awards, including Maxwell Award winner, Ken Dorsey, and Outland Trophy winner, Bryant McKinnie. Dorsey was also a Heisman finalist, finishing third.
Among the numerous stars on the 2001 Miami squad were: quarterback Ken Dorsey; running backs Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Najeh Davenport, and Frank Gore; tight end Jeremy Shockey; wide receiver Andre Johnson; offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie; defensive linemen Jerome McDougle, William Joseph, and Vince Wilfork; linebackers Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams; and defensive backs Ed Reed, Mike Rumph, and Phillip Buchanon. Additional contributors included future stars Kellen Winslow II, Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle, Vernon Carey, and Rocky McIntosh. In all, an extraordinary 17 players from the 2001 Miami football team were drafted in the first-round of the NFL Draft (5 in the 2002 NFL Draft: Buchanon, McKinnie, Reed, Rumph, and Shockey; 4 in 2003: Johnson, Joseph, McDougle, and McGahee; 6 in 2004: Carey, Taylor, Vilma, Wilfork, Williams, and Winslow; 1 in 2005: Rolle; and 1 in 2006: Kelly Jennings).
Overall, 38 members of the team would be selected in the NFL Draft. As of 2013, they had earned a combined total of 43 trips to the Pro Bowl: Ed Reed (9), Andre Johnson (7), Frank Gore (5), Vince Wilfork (5), Jeremy Shockey (4), Jonathan Vilma (3), Willis McGahee (2), Chris Myers (2), Clinton Portis (2), Antrel Rolle (2), Sean Taylor (2), Bryant McKinnie (1), and Kellen Winslow II (1). In addition, Vilma, Shockey, Wilfork, Joseph, Rolle, McGahee, and Reed have won the Super Bowl. It has been estimated that the 2001 Hurricanes would cost nearly $120 million as an NFL team as early as 2009.
Prior to the 2006 Rose Bowl, ESPN’s SportsCenter ran a special in which the 2005 USC Trojans, led by stars Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White, were compared with the greatest college teams of the past 50 years, as picked by sports fans voting on ESPN.com, to determine their place in history. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes were the only team picked by fans to defeat the ’05 Trojan squad, reflecting the esteem with which the 2001 Hurricanes are held in the college football world.
There is a ton more about Gore that will likely be covered
when if he retires, such as how the coaching matchup in his first game was Mike Martz vs. Mike Nolan. But his Pardon My Take interview is Must Watch and not just because Big Cat asks him about his massive balls.
Interview starts around the 56 minute mark
P.S. This announcement coming out during Wrestlemania weekend after The Undertaker made his Hall of Fame speech is kinda perfect since Frank Gore was the NFL's Undertaker (Some people will say Tom Brady but he's too pretty to be The Dead Man).