Frank Gore needs just 22 yards against the St. Louis Rams to overtake Joe Perry as the 49ers' franchise rushing leader.
Perry, who passed away at age 84 in April, has been the 49ers' leading rusher since the team entered the NFL. He retired in 1963 with 7,344 yards.
Interestingly enough, "The Jet" rushed for an additional 1,345 yards for the 49ers when they played in the All-American Football Conference, prior to their joining the NFL. Those yards don't count towards Perry's career totals.
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Gore, aware of the record he's on the verge of breaking, acknowledged it would mean a lot to him.
That would be real big, Gore said. It would be a blessing to do it in front of our fans who have been here with us and behind us. We can get there and we can do it this Sunday, and Ill celebrate a little if we do.
With a win, Frank Gore will have more to celebrate as the 49ers would clinch their first trip to the playoffs with the seven-year veteran on the team.
With Gore on the doorstep of the franchise record, it's time to debate where he ranks among 49ers running backs.
Joe Perry. Roger Craig. John Henry Johnson. Hugh McElhenny. Garrison Hearst. The 49ers have been privileged with great running backs.
Craig was inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame this year, joining fellow backs Johnson and McElhenny among those enshrined.
Who is the greatest back in franchise history?