Matt Forte’s brilliant 10-year career will end where it began.
In an interview with J.J. Stankevitz and Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago, Forte announced his intent to officially call it a career after he signs a one-day contract with the Chicago Bears. He also shared his plan via an Instagram post:
No announcement has been made by the Bears regarding when this will happen, but the symbolism of seeing Forte’s career finish in the same uniform in which it started gets two thumbs up here.
Forte was a two-time Pro Bowl running back who gained 12,718 scrimmage yards and scored 64 touchdowns in his eight-year stint with the Bears. Often underrated on a national level, Forte was a true three-down back who could do big things as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Chicago never had to take him off the field unless it was for a rest because Forte excelled in pass protection, too. Then again, there was no reason to take Forte out of a game as he was the team’s best and most valuable offensive player for the better part of a decade.
Forte finished his NFL career having gained 8,602 of his 9,796 rushing yards while playing in Chicago. Only the great Walter Payton (16,726) had more as a member of the Bears.
You can check out Forte’s in-studio interview here: