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Matt Forte's career By the Numbers

Posted Apr 22, 2018

With Matt Forte returning to Halas Hall Monday to sign a one-day contract and retire as a member of the Bears, senior writer Larry Mayer takes a numerical look at the running back’s career.

With Matt Forte returning to Halas Hall Monday to sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a member of the Bears, here’s a look at his career in Chicago by the numbers:

2:
Number of times that Forte won the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award, an honor that’s voted on by teammates and presented to the Bears rookie and veteran who best exemplify the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo.

5:
Number of running backs selected before the Bears chose Forte with the 44th pick in the second round of the 2008 draft. Those who preceded him were Darren McFadden (No. 4), Jonathan Stewart (13), Felix Jones (22), Rashard Mendenhall (23) and Chris Johnson (24).

8:
Number of consecutive seasons that Forte led the Bears in rushing, from 2008-15, the longest stretch since Hall of Famer Walter Payton was the team’s top rusher for 12 straight years from 1975-86.

12:
Number of passes that Forte caught in a 31-24 loss to the Panthers in Carolina on Oct. 5, 2014, the most in his career.

89:
Number of yards on a screen pass touchdown Forte scored in a 19-14 win over the Detroit Lions in the 2010 season opener at Soldier Field, the longest play of his career.

102:
Receptions that Forte compiled in 2014, setting an NFL single-season record for the most by a running back. The previous mark had belonged to Larry Centers, who had 101 catches in 1995 while playing for the Arizona Cardinals.

123:
Rushing yards that Forte amassed in his first NFL game, a 29-13 win over the Colts in Indianapolis in the 2008 season opener. It included a 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

205:
Rushing yards that Forte gained on Oct. 2, 2011 in a 34-29 win over the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field, the most in a single game in his career and tied for the second most in Bears history.

1,339:
Rushing yards that Forte compiled on 289 carries in 2013, the most in his career and the most by a Bears player not named Payton.

8,602:
Rushing yards that Forte generated during his eight seasons with the Bears, second on the franchise’s all-time list behind only Payton. Forte also ranks second to Payton in receptions (487), receiving yards by a running back (4,116), yards from scrimmage (12,718), 100-yard rushing games (24) and games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage (25).

12,718:
Yards from scrimmage that Forte produced in his eight seasons with the Bears, the most by any NFL player during that span.