SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher, eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark Sunday to become just the 11th player in NFL history register eight season 1,000-yard seasons.
In the process, Gore also moved past Warrick Dunn and into No. 20 all-time on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with a 20-yard carry in the third quarter Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. He had 52 yards on 12 carries up to that point.
Gore came into the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals 38 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark, as well as surpassing Dunn on the all-time list. Gore entered the game with 10,929 yards in his career. Dunn had 10,967 in his 12-year career.
Gore is scheduled for unrestricted free agency for the first time in his NFL career. Last week, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told CSNBayArea.com that he wants to re-sign Gore. And Gore made it clear he wants to be back with the 49ers.
Gore was the last 49ers’ starter to be announced to the crowd Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. He received a standing ovation. Baalke said he hopes it is not the last time Gore suits up for the 49ers.
“He understands what he means to this organization,” Baalke said. “He would certainly like to be back, and we would certainly like to have him back. Now, whether we can make that a reality or not, time will tell.
“You have to look at the situation. Frank is going to want to discuss his role, and what that role is going to be moving forward. What is the contract itself going to look like? We can both want each other’s company, but to make that happen, there are hurdles that are going to have to be crossed.”