Harbaugh believes Gore has earned statue at new stadium

It’s hard to say if Frank Gore will still be carrying the rock for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 when the team is slated to open a new stadium in Santa Clara.

But Jim Harbaugh believes the running back needs to be there, either way, saying that the team should erect a statue of the running back outside the new stadium after he passed Joe “The Jet” Perry to become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher on Sunday.

"There should be a statue of Frank," Harbaugh said in all seriousness, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. "Maybe with the new stadium, there'll be something somewhere -- a life-size statue of him, in one of those cool positions he gets in, you know?"

Gore needs 18 more yards to for his fifth 1,000-yard season. He has 7,396 yards for his career, and signed a new contract this summer.

“I've never seen anything like him, to be honest with you," Harbaugh said. "He's not normal. He's not you and me. There's superhuman powers there."

There are plenty of 10,000-yard rushers who don’t have statues out there. The guess is the 49ers would have a healthy list of players to honor before Gore at a new stadium. We’re not taking anything away from him. He’s been a terrific player for the Niners. But when you think of players to build a statue of outside a 49ers stadium, there are plenty more that come to mind first.

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