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Frank Gore stood tall for another game in the 49ers 33-14 win over the Buccaneers. By rushing for 86 yards on Sunday, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his career.

His answer when being asked about it? Gore gave credit to his teammates for blocking in front of him.

"I never get a first hit off me. My offensive line gave me holes to run through and I tried my best to take advantage of it. It was a blessing as I take thing one game at a time. I listened to my coaches during the season and I'm going out there having fun."

It's a common belief that running backs will decline in their careers when they turn 30-years-old. Even though Gore turned 30 last May, he didn't let it become a problem throughout this year.

"I hear doubters say 'this year he can't do it'," Gore said. "I take [the doubters] in all season and I keep working hard. When it's time to play, I lay it all out there and let it go."

Gore has been the undisputed No.1 running back for the 49ers in the last eight years, with his rookie season being the lone exception in 2005. Under Jim Harbaugh as head coach, he has been a model of consistency with at least eight touchdowns and 1,000 rushing yards in each of his three seasons with two games remaining in 2013. He already is the franchise's rushing leader in yards (9,856) and touchdowns (59).

Jim Harbaugh said on Monday that he deserves to be a Hall of Fame player in the future with what he has done. He reiterated that he is "mystical" and how nobody runs the ball better than him.

For Gore, he will persevere in working hard as he builds a legacy with the 49ers. His time is dwindling with 2014 being his last season under contract. Nothing would be sweeter for Gore than to continue proving doubters wrong at his age.

"I take it one year at a time," Gore said. "I love what I'm doing, my backups [Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James] are doing a great job and we're having fun out there."


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