Frank Gore Joins NFL Top 100

The San Francisco 49ers have a league-high nine players on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013 list.

Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore was the latest member of the team to be named. The hard-nosed runner, picked at spot No. 32 by his NFL peers, joins Anquan Boldin (93), Colin Kaepernick (81), Joe Staley (78), Vernon Davis (38) and NaVorro Bowman (37) on the list.

“Frank’s one of the best players I’ve ever been around,” Staley, the 49ers left tackle said. “His heart, his drive, the way he plays the game with so much passion, he really gets this offense going.”

Gore stands as the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing attempts (1,911), rushing yards (8,839) and rushing touchdowns (51). Gore earned his fourth Pro Bowl nod in 2012 and logged his sixth, 1,000-yard rushing season.

He has the most 100-yard and 150-yard rushing games in San Francisco history, too.

The 49ers rushing king continues to earn recognition from his peers for being one of the most impressive runners in the NFL. Gore stands out as one of the most complete running backs in the NFL. Gore’s ability to be a third-down back has been his calling card through nine seasons in the league.

Plus, Gore’s leg drive, low center of gravity and pass-catching ability make him one of the most feared play-makers out of the backfield.

Gore also doesn’t hurry. He wisely chooses how to attack.

“He’s probably the most patient running back in the game,” Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. “He’ll sit behind the line and let those holes open up.”

Gore’s running style is also a hit in the 49ers film room.

“There are times where everybody in the film room is in awe of what he just did,” teammate Kyle Williams said.

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