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Matt Forte

One of the better dual threat Running Backs of his era, Matt Forte was a surprise starter as a rookie in a season that would see him rush for over 1,200 Yards and finish seventh in the league.  The product of Tulane early established himself as a solid receiving back with 63 Receptions and he quickly became a favorite of the Chicago Bears’ fanbase.  Forte would play for Chicago for eight seasons and while he was only named to the Pro Bowl twice (2011 & 2013) cases could have easily been made for him in other seasons.  He would have five seasons where he would go over the 1,000 Yard mark rushing and would also have six 50 Reception seasons, punctuated by a 102 catch campaign in 2014.  As a testament to his offensive versatility, Forte would finish in the top ten in Yards From Scrimmage highlight by a 1,933 Yard year in 2013. 

Forte would sign with the New York Jets where he would play in the last two years of his career, but of course he returned to Chicago to sign a one day contract so that he could appropriately retire as a Bear,  His career would end with 9,796 Rushing Yards, 4,672 Receiving Yards, 75 Touchdowns and 14,468 Yards From Scrimmage.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Running Back
  • Played For: Chicago Bears, New York Jets
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 44th Overall in 2008
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (2011 & 2013)

    Super Bowl Rings (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (4) (2008, 2009, 2013 & 2014)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (2) (2008 & 2013)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (1) (2013)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Attempt (1) (2013)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (4) (2008, 2011, 2013 & 2015)

    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (1) (2014

    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (2008 & 2013)

    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (5) (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014)

    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (2) (2013 & 2014)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 30. Rushing Attempts: 2,356
    33. Rushing Yards: 9,796
    43. All-Purpose Yards: 14,468
    51. Rushing Yards/Game: 67.1
    62. Rushing Touchdowns: 59
    29. Yards From Scrimmage: 14,468
    79. Touchdowns: 79

Should Matt Forte be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 33.3%
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