Colts' Frank Gore passes Tony Dorsett for eighth on rushing list

ByMike Wells ESPN logo
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore is now eighth on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

Gore moved ahead of Tony Dorsett when he gained 19 yards on a run off tackle in the second quarter of Monday's night's 41-10 win over the New York Jets. He finished the game with 79 yards on 20 carries.

"When your name gets mentioned with the great guys that played this game in the past, that's very big," Gore said. "I've been blessed to be playing this game. Twelve years in and I still love it. I'm still having fun. I just want to keep having fun and keep winning and see where we go from here."

Gore now has 12,789 career rushing yards, 50 more than Dorsett.

Dorsett is the seventh player that the 33-year-old Gore has passed on the all-time rushing list this season. He's also passed Jim Brown, Thurman Thomas, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James and Marshall Faulk.

"I think he's as natural of a runner as I've ever been around," Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said last week. "A guy that just has great instincts and vision. He sees cracks and creases happen before they even open up. Sometimes you watch tape and you're like, 'Why did he go over there?' All of a sudden a hole opens up that he knew was going to open up. He has great feet. He can get in and out of the hole and burst. He's maybe not the fastest guy that's played the position, but can burst and squeeze and find ways and skinny himself and get through small, tight areas."

Gore entered the game 549 yards shy of passing Eric Dickerson for sixth place on the list. It's unlikely that he'll pass Dickerson because there are only four games remaining and the Colts have consistently struggled with their run blocking.

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