Longtime NFL running back Matt Forte has played his final season. On Tuesday afternoon Forte decided to walk away from the game after 10 seasons.
Forte entered college an an unheralded two-star recruit from Louisiana. After a standout career at Tulane, the Chicago Bears drafted Forte with the 44th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
In a recent interview with Sports Spectrum, Forte detailed his decision to walk away from the game. He also released this statement on Twitter.
For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that I’ve loved since I was 6 years old.But, after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL.Like so many others before me, this game has enhanced my life in numerous ways.My career in the League has been nothing short of a miracle granted by God and put on display for His glory.I will cherish the many memories made on the field and the life-long friends I’ve made over the years in the locker room.I’m even more grateful that God blessed me with Gene and Gilda Forté; my two amazing parents that constantly supplied me with unending love, support, patience, and motivation since I came into this world.
You can read his full statement here. Forte was the sixht running back selected in the 2008 draft behind Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, and Chris Johnson.
He leaves the NFL just shy of 10,000 rushing yards, and holds the record for most receptions by a running back - 102 during the 2014 season. He spent his final two NFL seasons with the New York Jets, where he amassed over 1,700 yards.
You can read Forte's full interview with Jason Ramano here.