June 2nd, 2011
by bearsbacker

Last season, Matt Forte rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second time in three years, finishing with 1,069 yards and six touchdowns on 237 carries.

Forte averaged 4.5 yards per carry which happened to be the best by a Bears player with at least 200 carries since Neal Anderson averaged 4.7 ypc back in 1989.

Forte also tied for the team lead with 51 receptions with 547 yards and three touchdowns.

He joined Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton as the only other running back in Chicago Bears history to gain 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season.

NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan believes that Bears running back Matt Forte deserves a lot more recognition than he is receiving.

Forte was ranked in NFL.com’s list of best running backs as #13. He fell into group c, the list goes from A-I (1-45).

Here’s what Kirwan had to say about Matt Forte’s value:

“Forte is an all-around back who lives in the shadows of greats like Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Michael Turner,” Kirwan writes. “To appreciate Forte, you really have to look at the total yardage picture and not just the rushing totals.”

“Over the past three years, Forte has gained 4,731 total yards with 25 touchdowns. Steven Jackson has 4,783 yards and 18 touchdowns over the same period of time. Turner has 4,102 yards and 39 scores. Jamaal Charles has 3,981 yards and 17 TDs. Darren McFadden only has 3,050 yards and 15 touchdowns.”

“Point being, Forte is every bit the weapon the other backs are around the league. However, for some reason, he isn’t on the tip of anyone’s tongue when the great runners are discussed.”

All quotes from NFL.com

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