There’s no place like home.
Frank Gore will have the opportunity to play in his hometown this coming season, as the Miami native signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins Thursday afternoon.
The financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Gore, who will turn 35 in May, is a true “hometown hero” – having a record-setting career at Coral Gables High School before he went on to star at the University of Miami.
During his high school days, Gore set Miami-Dade County single-season records in rushing yards (2,997) and touchdowns (39) as well as the single-game record for rushing yards (319) – all of which still stand.
In his 14 NFL seasons, Gore has rushed for 14,026 yards – good for fifth place on NFL’s all-time rushing list – and needs just 76 yards to surpass Curtis Martin for the fourth spot.
Gore, who began his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, has still proven to be a very productive back. He rushed for 961 yards this past season with the Indianapolis Colts, falling just short of his 10th career 1,000-yard season. Even though Gore tied a personal career-low in yards-per-carry (3.7) this past season, he was a more effective ball carrier than Miami’s 2017 leading rusher Kenyan Drake – who finished the season with 644 yards.
Signing with the Dolphins also comes with the benefit of giving Gore the opportunity to watch his son, Frank Jr., play high school football. The younger Gore, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound sophomore, played his freshman season at Coral Gables but recently announced his transfer to Miami Killian.