RB Matt Forte retires after 10 NFL seasons

Running back Matt Forte announced his retirement Wednesday after 10 NFL seasons, the last two with the New York Jets.

Forte, 32, finished with 381 rushing yards and 293 receiving yards along in an injury-hampered 2017 season.

He enjoyed his greatest success with the Chicago Bears after being drafted out of Tulane in the second round in 2008. He ran for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie and went on to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four of the next six seasons.

His best season came in 2013 when he rushed for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 594 receiving yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl for that season and in 2011.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears tries to run away from Na'il Diggs #53 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 29: Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears looks on during the 'Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year' press conference at the Tampa Convention Center on January 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Green Bay Packers on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs past Paris Lenon #51 of the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears rests on the bench after scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16: Running back Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass over the arm of Kentwan Balmer #95 of the Seattle Seahawks as the pass is intercepted by Aaron Curry #59 in the second half of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball as he is hit by two Green Bay Packers defenders in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears celebrates scoring a touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
January 24, 2014; Ko'Olina, HI, USA; Team Rice tight end Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints (80), defensive end Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints (94), and running back Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears (22) talk during the 2014 Pro Bowl media day at J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 26: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears and Team Rice carries the ball against Team Sanders during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 26, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) straight arms Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is stopped by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) and quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrate their touchdown during the first half of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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"For the past 10 years, I've been blessed to play professionally a game that I've loved since I was 6 years old," Forte wrote. "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."

Forte ranks second to Walter Payton in Bears history with 8,602 rushing yards.

Forte set a Tulane record as a senior with 2,127 yards on the ground and scored 23 touchdowns.

--Field Level Media

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