Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte called it a career on Wednesday, putting an end to one of the best runs in team history.
Forte, who played for the Bears in the first eight seasons of his NFL career, was one of the best running backs in team history as he racked up incredible stats and redefined the way the running back position was played in the NFL.
Without question, Forte stacks up favorably with other running backs of his era, and here are 10 of the most mind-blowing stats that he put up:
6 - Career Two-Point Conversions
That number is the best in Bears history, and he also holds the team record for most conversions in a season with two.
316 - Rushing Attempts in His Rookie Season
Forte may no longer hold the Bears’ rookie record for rushing yards in a season thanks to Jordan Howard, but he still has the most attempts in his first campaign.
63 – Receptions in His Rookie Season
Forte also set the record for most receptions in his rookie campaign, beating both running backs and wide receivers for that distinction.
10 – Receptions in a Single Postseason Game
In the Bears’ 2011 NFC Championship Game loss to the Green Bay Packers, Forte set a team record with 10 catches in a single playoff game.
9796 – Career Rushing Yards
Forte may have come up just short of reaching 10,000 rushing yards, but he has the fourth-most rushing yards since his rookie season in 2008, falling just behind Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, and LeSean McCoy.
4672 – Career Receiving Yards
Forte was the ultimate two-way threat, posting the most receiving yards among running backs during his NFL tenure. He is also one of the top running backs in that category of all time, with only legends like Marcus Allen and LaDanian Tomlinson finishing ahead of him.
554 – Career Receptions
Forte was a go-to option for Jay Cutler for years, racking up more receptions than any other running back in the NFL over the last decade.
2910 – Total Touches
Forte was one of the most resilient and toughest players in the league, getting more total touches than any other receiver or running back during his career.
14,468 – Yards From Scrimmage
Forte also made the most of those touches, racking up more yards from scrimmage than any receiver or running back during the last decade.
22 – Career Lost Fumbles
Forte really loved the number 22, as he not only wore the number but also lost 22 fumbles in his career on nearly 2400 carries. Only Chris Johnson had fewer fumbles (21) over the last decade, but he also had nearly 200 fewer carries than Forte.