Jets running back Frank Gore is an NFL legend. He recently turned 37, will enter his 16th season and currently ranks third in all-time career rushing yards.
It’s been a fantastic career for Gore, but it was his 18-year-old’s college debut that made him emotional. Gore told reporters Tuesday he “shed a tear” while watching Frank Gore Jr. play for Southern Miss last week. For those counting, Gore has played in the NFL for almost as long as his son has been alive.
The younger Gore didn’t have a fantastic debut – he rushed 12 times for 32 yards in a loss to South Alabama – but he had a wild highlight that was taken off the board.
Frank Gore Jr. was stuffed at the line and pitched it back to his QB, Jack Abraham, who ran it in for a touchdown. However, the TD was taken off the board due to forward progress. pic.twitter.com/boEhnObEZu
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 4, 2020
Gore Jr. played a role in his father’s decision to play another season. Gore wrapped up his 16th and only season with the Bills in 2019, and many wondered if he’d return or call it a career. But after conversing with his son, Gore decided to stick around before the Jets signed him to a one-year deal to reunite with former Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
“I asked my son what he thinks I should do, my older son, and he’s gonna be in college this year,” Gore said May after the Jets signed him. “He was like, ‘Dad, I think you can go one more.’ So I said, ‘Alright, I’m gonna go.’”
Gore Jr. has a long way to go before he gets even an inch closer to his father’s career. Gore’s 15,347 career rushing yards trail only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, and he only needs 1,378 yards to take second in all-time rushing. That’ll be tough sledding for Gore, who will see action but still sits behind Le’Veon Bell on the Jets running back depth chart.