5 Chicago Bears who should be Hall of Famers before Julian Edelman
By Cody Young
Matt Forte was a great Chicago Bears RB and deserves more credit for his impact
Player #4: Matt Forte
Matt Forte is definitely the least likely player to make the Hall from this list. In my opinion, he is also the least deserving of the players to be listed. However, his impact should not be forgotten when you consider how the game is played nowadays. He is just as, if not more deserving than Julian Edelman.
Forte may have been the best receiving back from his era, while still being a very productive runner throughout his whole career. Something that will greatly hold Forte back will be the accolades. He only made the Pro-Bowl twice and was never selected as a First-Team All-Pro.
Interestingly enough, Forte made his first Pro-Bowl in 2011 where he missed four games. While Forte may have never been the biggest name or the flashiest back, he was the definition of consistency.
He went well over 1000 all-purpose yards in every season except 2017 which was his final year. In 2014 Forte joined LaDainian Tomlinson as just the second player to rush for over 1000 yards and catch 100 balls in the same season.
Make no mistake about it, what Forte lacked in name value and accolades he made up for with his impact. Today’s game almost forces running-backs to be pass-catchers and Forte was certainly one of the best to do just that.