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Gore was the sixth running back taken in the 2005 draft. And he said being chosen in the third round continues to provide him with motivation even after six NFL seasons. In fact, Gore had no problem ticking off the names of the five running backs picked ahead of him.
“I still carry that chip on my shoulder, especially with the guys who went before me, like Ronnie Brown, Cadillac (Williams), Cedric Benson,” Gore said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. “They’re all great players.
“J.J. Arrington, Eric Shelton, and then me. I told myself when I came into the league that I’m going to show everybody that they passed up the best back. Look at the career, look at the numbers, and it shows. I do carry that chip on my shoulder, and I’ll continue to carry that on my shoulder.”
Here are the career stats of those running backs:
Ronnie Brown, No. 2, Miami: 76 games, 1,128 att., 4,815 yards (4.3), 36 TDs
Cedric Benson, No. 4, Bears: 76 games, 1,256 att., 4,702 yards (3.7) 25 TDs
Cadillac Williams, No. 5, Buccaneers: 70 games, 968 att., 3,677 yards, 20 TDs
J.J. Arrington, No. 44, Cardinals: 58 games, 183 att., 654 yards (3.2), 3 TDs
Eric Shelton, No. 54, Panthers: 9 games, 8 att., 23 yards (2.9), 0 TDs
Frank Gore, No. 65, 49ers: 84 games, 1,371 att., 6,414 (4.7), 35 TDs
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