New York Jets running back Frank Gore, 37, reveals he is still having fun playing football and he is not ruling out returning for his 17th season in the NFL. Gore, who was selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, this season broke the record for the most games played in the NFL by a running back.
Gore, a five-time Pro Bowl running back, has appeared in 241 games throughout his career and that record could be extended if he returns for next season. Gore will now take his time to rest and spend time with his family before he makes the call on the next season.
"I'm going to get some down time with the fam, get back to Miami and chill out with my kids," Gore said, per ESPN. "Then I'll see what's up. "I still have fun playing the game of football, but I haven't made a decision yet."
Gore feels 'blessed' for the career he has had
Gore has enjoyed success in the NFL, achieving nine seasons with 1,000-rushing-yard season and making five Pro Bowl selections. "[I feel] blessed," Gore said.
"My career has been tough, man. It was hard for me to get to the NFL. My story ... I'm not supposed to be here right now, you know what I'm saying? I got drafted in the third round ... two ACLs [in college] ... shoulders.
They said I wouldn't be here right now." Last month, Gore said it was a challenging season for him and acknowledged that he didn't want to finish the year without a win. The Jets, who started the season 0-13, claimed back-to-back wins in late December to finish the season 2-16.
Their first win of the season came in Los Angeles, when they stunned the Los Angeles Rams. "I'm not going to lie, I had a great time even though we didn't win," Gore said. "These young guys worked their behinds off."
Gore made some clutch plays in a win over the Rams and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has got a huge respect for the 37-year-old running back. "It was unbelievable to watch, and it made you realize what it takes to have a Hall of Fame career and what it takes to be that great of a football player," Darnold said. "And he's just a special player, a special human being and he was put on this earth to play football."