Running back Matt Forte officially retired from the NFL and leaves behind an impactful legacy as a member of both the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
A few years ago when the New York Jets announced they came to terms with free agent running back Matt Forte, the fan base was excited about everything he brought to the table. Mostly known as a dual-threat running back that could do some serious damage through the ground or air, he would bring a veteran presence to the positional group that was needed at the time.
Forte came to the Jets after a long and mostly successful tenure with the Chicago Bears. He made such an impact in the Windy City since he was always going above and beyond the call of duty to get a first down or score a big touchdown. When the Bears decided they wouldn’t bring him back in 2016, fans were sad since he was such a household name.
When the Jets brought Forte into the mix, one could see he still had what it took to get the job done but unfortunately, injuries kept nagging him that limited his ability to deliver consistently. He still had a brilliant spark here and there and was everything one could ask for in a player. Forte always had his name in the headlines for all the right reasons.
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In his two years with the Jets, Forte totaled 1,194 rushing yards, 321 rushes, and nine touchdowns. As a receiving option out of the backfield, Forte totaled 556 yards, 67 receptions, and a pair of touchdowns.
The best thing that fans and well, everyone who ever played with him will always remember about Forte is that he was always positive, upbeat, and a professional on and off the field. He embodied everything the Jets wanted to have in their locker room since he was always putting in extra work and time to be ready come game day.
Forte will always be remembered more as a member of the Bears and will eventually make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Even though down the road he’ll be enshrined as a member of the Bears organization, Jets fans can be happy that at least for two years, he was a solid player that gave it his all every time he had the football in his hands while wearing our jersey.