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Colts RB Frank Gore honored to pass LaDainian Tomlinson on NFL’s all-time rushing list

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore passed another major milestone on Sunday afternoon surpassing Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson for fifth all-time rushing yards list.

Following the game, Gore spoke quite fondly of Tomlinson while voicing much appreciation for being able to reach that career mark, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

“I respect all those guys who I’ve passed, especially the [last] one today, LT,” Gore said. “I remember when I came into the league, I was with San Fran and we played against him in a preseason game. I was like a little kid when I met him. I respect the way he played the game. He was one of my top five who I liked as a player.”

Gore has been as consistent as they come over the duration of his 13-year career compiling nine campaigns with more than 1,000 rushing yards nine times. He has been able to remain productive behind his durability missing just 12 total games over his career and has started 102 straight games, which is currently the longest active streak by a running back.

The 34-year-old is sitting at 13,697 career rushing yards and will likely finish the year not far behind Curtis Martin, who is fourth all-time with 14,101 rushing yards. Gore is projected to wind up with 843 rushing yards for the season. He has yet to record more than 82 rushing yards in any of the first 12 games played.

Gore will have an opportunity to pass up Martin next season if he decides to hold off retirement. He is in the final year of his three-year, $12 million deal with the Colts.