Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been Frank Gore’s coach in almost seven years, and but he was cheering on his former operating again from the stands Saturday night time.
Except he wasn’t at a soccer sport however a boxing match. Gore fought former NBA guard Deron Williams in an exhibition bout on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley 2 card, and the Michigan coach — who coached Gore with the 49ers — was noticed inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., the location of the fight.
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Gore misplaced the four-round fight by cut up resolution (40-35, 38-37, 37-38).
Gore completed his NFL profession tied for essentially the most seasons performed as a operating again with 16. He had the third-most dashing yards at 16,000, on 3,735 carries, and scored 81 dashing touchdowns. Ten of these seasons have been spent with the 49ers.
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Harbaugh was the 49ers’ head coach from 2011 by 2014. Gore made his solely profession Super Bowl look underneath Harbaugh in 2012. With Harbaugh as his coach, Gore rushed 1,071 occasions for 4,659 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The 49ers and Harbaugh mutually determined to half methods on the finish of the 2014 season, paving the way in which for Harbaugh to take over the Michigan program for the beginning of the 2015 season. Gore said recently on the “All the Smoke” podcast that he knew his time with the 49ers was coming to an finish after the staff drafted Carlos Hyde within the second spherical of the 2014 NFL Draft. Once Harbaugh left, he stated, he knew the group would need to see extra of Hyde.
“They [were] making an attempt to drive the difficulty to make him play — upstairs, not the coaches, however like upstairs, they wished to see their new toy. So they [were] forcing the difficulty to make him play,” Gore stated. “That’s why I respect Harbaugh, man. Harbaugh solely play[s] the very best man, and I used to be the very best man nonetheless. But he bought fired, and upstairs wished their new toy.”
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The respect proven by Gore towards Harbaugh has been mutual: After Gore set an NFL document with 14 consecutive seasons of at the least 500 dashing yards, Harbaugh called him “my favorite player of all time.”
But not everybody in Tampa was excited to see the Michigan coach lower than two weeks earlier than the Wolverines’ College Football Playoff semifinal in opposition to Georgia.
Huge pop for Frank Gore once they confirmed him warming up within the again. Jim Harbaugh, who’s right here ringside, bought booed once they confirmed him. #PaulWoodley
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 19, 2021