Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 8, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday I heard an interesting debate and I’d like to get everyone’s opinion on this question. Is Frank Gore a Hall of Famer?

Now just looking at Gore’s stats you’d think he’d easily be a Hall of Famer, but there are some questions with him. Gore is 3rd all-time in rushing with 16,000 yards. Gore trails only Emmitt Smith whose 1st and Walter Payton whose 2nd and if Gore would’ve played one more season, he may have been able to go past Payton as he trails him by just 726 yards.

One of the biggest questions is did Gore just accumulate stats by playing as long as he did. Gore played 16 seasons in the NFL which is amazing for a running back. Gore had nine 1000 yards seasons in his career, but never led the NFL in rushing for a single season. Gore’s best year was 2006 his second year in the NFL when he rushed for 1695 yards. Gore only had one season when he rushed for 10 touchdowns. He had exactly 10 rushing touchdowns in 2009 and has 81 career rushing touchdowns which puts him tied for 19th in NFL history with Otis Anderson.

Just to put it in perspective Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading in rushing touchdowns with 164, so Gore is 83 rushing touchdowns behind Smith.

Gore was a solid receiver out of the backfield and caught 484 passes in his career and scored 18 receiving touchdowns in his career. Gore’s best season catching the football was also 2006 when he caught 61 passes, but he scored his most receiving touchdowns in a season 4 in 2016.

Gore was voted to 5 Pro Bowls as well as being selected for the All 2010’s team. Gore was also the 2006 Pro Football Writers most improved player, but not only did he never play on a Super Bowl team, but he actually never played in a playoff game.

Gore clearly has the numbers to go into the Hall of Fame, but the question that keeps coming up is about how he tallied those numbers. Was it really just a matter of longevity that allowed Gore to put up the numbers he did? Or was he a top running back who just never played on a playoff team?

If I actually had a Hall of Fame vote I would vote for Gore, but that’s me. So, how do you feel? Are you putting Frank Gore in the Hall of Fame?

Yesterday we saw our second manager fired as the Los Angeles Angels decided to move on from Joe Maddon after the team lost 12 games in a row.

Maddon was very successful before arriving in Los Angeles. Maddon spent nine years managing the Tampa Bay Rays and had a record of 754-705 while making four playoff appearances getting to one World Series. After Tampa Bay Maddon moved onto the Chicago Cubs. Maddon went 471-339 in the in the five years he managed the Cubs. The Cubs went to the playoffs in four of the five seasons Maddon was their manager and won the World Series in 2016. Maddon was in his third season as Angels manager and had a record of 130-148.

Despite having the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and the phenom that is Shohei Ohtani the Angels finished in 4th place in both of Maddon’s two seasons.

Maddon hadn’t won a game as Angels manager since May 24th and after the team lost its 12th straight 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night Maddon was relieved of his managerial duties. Phil Nevin was named the Angels interim manager.

Maddon is 68 years old and it’s unclear if he’s interested in managing again and after the lack of success with the Angels you have to wonder if there’s a team out there that would have interest in him.

Comments
  1. Gores stats are impressive although he never seemed to play for a perennial contending team. But you can’t overlook his stats and, based on those numbers alone, he belongs in the hall of game.
    Maddon certainly doesn’t need the money and he’ll have to be paid the balance of his contract with the Angels. He’s quite pleasant and articulate so he might do well as a color analyst for MLB or even for some local team. That would be a easy gig for him and there would be no pressure on him to produce another contender.

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  2. Jennifer says:

    16 years is a feat for an RB. 3rd all time. Hall of Famer for sure!

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