By: Alex Patt
Another former Chicago Bears great has called it a career. RB Matt Forte was one of the core pieces of the Bears offense for many years, and after spending the last two years on the Jets, he is hanging up the cleats.
Forte (32) spent his first eight years in the NFL wearing a Bears uniform, from 2008 through 2015, totaling 120 games. In that span he rushed for 8,602 yards, recorded 4,116 receiving yards and scored 64 total touchdowns. While he never won a Super Bowl, he was part of the 2010 Bears squad that won the NFL North and made it to the NFC championship game. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 2011 and 2013.
His 8,602 rushing yards and 2,035 rushing attempts are both second on the all-time Bears list behind the late Walter Payton. He is third on the list in rushing average at 4.23 behind Payton and Gale Sayers. 45 of his 64 touchdowns were via rushing, which puts him 4th highest in Bears history on that respective list. Forte also broke the record for recorded catches by a running back in a single season (102) in week 17 of 2014.
Forte retires just a few months after Devin Hester retired and Bears fans are seeing some of their favorites from the mid-late 2000s hang up their cleats. While Forte had a very good career, there will probably be a huge debate over if he is a Hall of Famer or not. While he has put up some great numbers, it may be harder to see him getting in. Regardless, he was a fan favorite for a while and Bears fans will not forget what he did in Chicago.