As time marches on, all things change. All things, except Frank Gore being a workhorse back.
The Buffalo Bills running back continued his march through the record book on Sunday as he became the fourth NFL player to reach 15,000 career rushing yards, joining inner-circle Hall of Famers Emmit Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.
Gore gouged the New England Patriots for 28- and 41-yard runs in the first half, the second of which put him exactly at the milestone mark. It was a remarkable show of efficiency, as the 36-year-old had 88 yards on nine carries by halftime.
Gore has been one of the most consistent backs in the league since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft. Although he's never led the league in rushing, he's reached 1,000 yards nine times and missed only two games since 2011.
Gore has a good shot to surpass Barry Sanders
Gore will likely see his touches go down as the season goes on, since rookie running back Devin Singletary is expected back soon from a hamstring injury. But even if his time as a starting running back is short-lived, Gore appears on pace to move into third place on the all-time rushing list this season.
Having entered Sunday just 357 yards behind the Detroit Lions legend Sanders, Gore would need to average about 20 yards per game the rest of the way to move up the list — barring injuries.
With just a handful more yards on Sunday, Gore would become the third-ever player to reach 100 yards in a game at age 36 or older, and the first to do so since John Riggins in 1985. As long as Singletary is out, he’ll also have a chance to become the third running back to earn 20 carries at that age.
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