Matt Forte played in the NFL for 10 years and was one of the most underrated running backs. His glory years were with the Chicago Bears from 2008 to 2015. Forte then played two seasons with the New York Jets in 2016 and 2017 before hanging his cleats for good.
Matt Forte scored 75 total touchdowns in the NFL
Matt Forte played his college football at Tulane, where he racked up 4,265 rushing yards in four seasons. The Bears drafted Forte with the 44th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, and he made an immediate impact on the team.
In his first game in the NFL against the Indianapolis Colts, Forte rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries. He scored one touchdown to help the Bears defeat the Colts by a final score of 29-13 on the road. Chicago went only 9-7 during the 2008 season, but Forte put up stellar rookie numbers. He finished the campaign with 1,238 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, and four receiving scores.
Forte is one of the top running backs in Chicago history. He made the Pro Bowl two times and rushed for 8,602 yards, which is good for second in franchise history behind only the late great Walter Payton. Forte, an elite dual-threat player in his prime, caught 487 balls with the Bears for 4,116 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Chicago only made the playoffs once during the Forte era. The Bears won the NFC North Division in 2010 and defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round behind QB Jay Cutler and Forte. However, the Green Bay Packers beat the Bears in the NFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl.
Matt Forte’s last season with the Bears was in 2015. Chicago decided not to re-sign the star in free agency, and he signed with the Jets. Forte ran for 1,194 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns with New York. He retired after the 2017 season.
Matt Forte did some Bears analysis for NBC Sports Chicago
Matt Forte joined NBC Sports Chicago as a Bears analyst in 2018. He got to work with former Bears stars Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, and Olin Kreutz. Chicago made the playoffs in 2018 after winning the NFC North but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card after kicker Cody Parkey missed the potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
During the 2019 season, Forte was very critical of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, whose regression was the main reason why Chicago missed the postseason. Forte called Trubisky the model of inconsistency on many occasions and said the former second overall pick isn’t a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Matt Forte only worked for NBC Sports Chicago for two years. For the 2020 season, the former Bears superstar decided to pursue something else in life.
Two-time Pro Bowler is spreading God’s word
Matt Forte is a devout Christian. He joined a foundation to become a global advocate in efforts to provide hope, generosity, and transformation through God’s word in hard access areas.
In 2011, Forte married Danielle Daniels. The couple has two children, one son, and one daughter. The Forte family still lives in Chicago despite Matt no longer playing in the NFL for the Bears.
Before the 2020 NFL season started, Matt Forte called out Chicago legend Brian Urlacher for his Instagram post that bashed NBA players for boycotting playoff games following Jacob Blake’s shooting in Wisconsin.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.