Frank Gore He needs just 30 rushing yards against New England to break Joe Perry's team record of 8,689. Perry gained 1,345 yards when the 49ers played in another league.

Gore nears 49ers' true all-time rushing record

Published: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Running back Frank Gore needs just 30 yards Sunday against the New England Patriots to become the 49ers' true all-time rushing leader.

Last year, a big deal was made when Gore passed Joe Perry for first place on the team's rushing list.

But Gore's mark required an asterisk because Perry's record, listed as 7,344 yards by the 49ers and the NFL, doesn't include the two years when the 49ers played in the All-American Football Conference. The 49ers and two other AAFC teams, including the Cleveland Browns, joined the NFL in 1950.

While the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes the 1,345 yards Perry gained in 1948 and 1949 – and his 8,689 total yards – the 49ers and the NFL do not, which always rankled former AAFC players like Perry and his quarterback, Y.A. Tittle.

Perry passed away last year. His widow, Donna, said this week that Perry liked Gore and former 49ers running back Roger Craig, and that he knew his records eventually would fall.

"He always said records are made to be broken, and he knew his was going to be broken," Donna Perry said. "Joe never had a problem with people chasing his records. He had a problem with them not counting two years of his life."

During last Sunday's win over the Dolphins, Gore scored his 50th career rushing touchdown, which the 49ers announced put him in a three-way tie with Perry and Craig for the team record.

Perry's total, however, does not include the 18 touchdowns he scored in 1948 and 1949. At his current pace, Gore would break that record early in 2015.

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