The Chicago Bears have a rich history of running backs that dates back to the franchise’s humble beginnings. And you can definitely count Matt Forte among the greats.
Forte announced his retirement from the NFL after a productive 10-year career, in which he spent eight years with the Bears before two seasons with the New York Jets.
You can check out Forte’s full statement here:
— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) February 28, 2018
Forte’s best years came while wearing a Bears uniform, finishing his time with the team second on the all-time rushing list with 8,602 yards. Only Walter Payton (16,726 yards) had more than Forte.
He broke onto the scene with a 1,238-yard, eight-touchdown season as a rookie. It was the first of five 1,000-yard rushing seasons Forte posted in a Bears uniform. But he was more than that. Forte was an all-purpose back who gained at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in each of his eight seasons with the Bears, including a career-best 1,933 in 2013 and 1,846 a year later when he caught 102 passes out of the backfield.
Forte was durable, too. He missed just eight games in his eight-year career, playing in all 16 games five times. Forte averaged 1,075 rushing yards, 514 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns over the course of his Bears career. He was a two-time Pro Bowler who probably didn’t get the recognition he deserved for being a strong runner and an excellent pass catcher while often being the only worthwhile offensive asset the Bears had during his time in Chicago.
I mean, just look at these numbers:
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 28, 2018
In short, Forte was the Bears’ best back since Payton and arguably the team’s best offensive player of his generation. He was always criminally underrated from a national perspective, but nevertheless productive.
And now, some highlights: