Frank Gore, in statement, thanks 49ers, fans

Frank Gore had been a member of the 49ers since the team drafted him in the third round in 2005. The team cut ties with the 31-year-old running back this offseason, but that didn't erase the memories he made during his time in San Francisco.

Gore, now a member of the Colts after signing as a free agent, expressed his thanks to those who supported him throughout his decade in San Francisco. He released a statement Monday, via CSN Bay Area.

As I look forward to an exciting new opportunity, I cannot help but to reminisce about the past 10 years in the Bay Area. I would like to, once again, thank the York family and the 49ers organization for giving me the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. I am truly thankful to all of my 49ers teammates, coaches and staff that have helped me reach milestones and strive for greatness over the years. And to my fans: I do not know where to start, there are no words to describe how appreciative I am of the support and encouragement each and every one of you has provided. I will always carry you with me. Thank you for everything.

Gore is expected to be the Colts' feature back in 2015. He rushed for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns while playing in all 16 games last season. He is 20th all time with 11,073 career rushing yards.

Trent Richardson was Indy's leading rusher last year with 519 yards. He was released in the offseason. Richardson filed a grievance over the move.

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