Matt Forte

Matthew Garrett Forte (born December 10, 1985) is a former American football running back who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tulane and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Forte established himself as a dual-threat running back who is capable of earning yards as a rusher and receiver. He spent eight years with the Bears before playing for the New York Jets for two seasons.[1]

Matt Forte
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Forte with the Chicago Bears in 2008
No. 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:December 10, 1985 (age 33)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Slidell (LA)
College:Tulane
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:9,796
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:54
Receptions:554
Receiving yards:4,672
Receiving touchdowns:21
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Forte grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, and graduated from Slidell High School in 2004, where he was a letterman in football and track & field.[2] As a junior, he rushed for 1,057 rushing yards with eight rushing touchdowns, and caught 30 passes for 365 yards and three receiving touchdowns. As a senior, he was named the St. Tammany Parish Player of the Year, District 5-5A Offensive MVP and received All-Metro selection accolades, as he gained 1,375 yards with 23 touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 253 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He totaled 2,432 rushing yards and 31 in his career while also catching 48 passes for 618 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[3]

As a standout sprinter, Forte competed in track and had some of the better 100m and 200m times in the New Orleans area in 2003, with personal-bests of 10.68 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.10 seconds in the 200 meters.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Matt Forte
Running back
Slidell, Louisiana Slidell High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.5 Dec 15, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
2 stars
   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2004 Tulane Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  • "2004 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 3, 2012.

College career

Forte played NCAA Division I college football at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, a member of Conference USA.[5] He lettered for four years and played for three while pursuing a degree in finance. As a freshman, he had 624 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 20 receptions for 180 yards and two receiving touchdowns.[6] As a sophomore, he had 655 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 23 receptions for 163 yards and one receiving touchdown.[7] His junior year was cut short when he suffered an injury in the game against Marshall. He finished his junior season with 859 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns to go along with 28 receptions for 360 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[8] His standout season was his senior year, coming off a knee injury, Forte set several Tulane school records, including rushing for 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns.[9] He had five 200+ yard rushing games, two 300+ yard games, and three games with at least four rushing touchdowns during the 2007 season.[10][11][12][13][14][15] Forte was the only BCS non-AQ conference athlete to be a semifinalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards and to make the Walter Camp Player of the Year List, and one of just 3 players nationally to be named to all three lists.

Forte garnered the most attention at the 2008 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and walked away with the Overall MVP award.[16] He led with 59 yards rushing on 8 carries; 4 receptions for 38 yards and a tackle on special teams.

Collegiate statistics

Matt Forte Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2004 Tulane CUSA FR RB 11 140 624 4.5 4 20 180 9.0 2
2005 Tulane CUSA SO RB 11 169 655 3.9 4 23 163 7.1 1
2006 Tulane CUSA JR RB 9 163 859 5.3 8 28 360 12.9 2
2007 Tulane CUSA SR RB 12 361 2,127 5.9 23 32 282 8.8 0
Career Tulane 833 4,265 5.1 39 103 985 9.6 5

Awards and honors

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 38 in
(1.86 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
4.44 s 1.49 s 2.55 s 4.23 s 6.84 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
23 reps
All values from the 2008 NFL Combine[17]

Chicago Bears

2008 season

The Chicago Bears drafted Forte in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft as the 44th overall selection, the sixth of 23 running backs taken that year.[18] He was originally drafted to compete with Cedric Benson for the team's starting running back position. However, Benson was released from the Bears after legal complications, and Forte out-competed Adrian Peterson and second-year running back Garrett Wolfe and started all 16 games. In the regular season debut on September 7, 2008 against the Indianapolis Colts, he carried the ball 23 times for 123 yards (setting a franchise record for most debut rushing yards) and scored his first career touchdown on a 50-yard run en route to a 29–13 victory over the Colts.[19] His efforts earned him Sunday Night Football’s “Horse Trailer Player of the Game” award.

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Forte takes a handoff from Kyle Orton while playing against the Carolina Panthers in September 2008

He had two more 100+ yard rushing games on the season, and in Game 12 became the first Bears rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards since Anthony Thomas in 2001.[20] He finished with franchise rookie records of 316 carries for 1,238 rushing yards (the latter since broken by Jordan Howard in 2016).[21] His 1,715 yards from scrimmage was third in the NFL, and broke Hall of Famer Gale Sayers's team record of 1,374 in 1965.[22][23] Forte led all rookie running backs in total yards and receptions,[24] those 61 receptions also breaking Mike Ditka's 1961 franchise rookie record.[25] He received one vote for the National Football League Rookie of the Year Award, finishing behind Ryan Clady, Chris Johnson, and Matt Ryan.[26]

2009 season

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Forte attempts to escape from San Francisco 49ers safety Michael Lewis in a 2009 meeting

Forte recorded just 150 total yards over the first three games of the season,[20] before his first big game in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, during which he rushed for 121 yards and scored his first touchdown.[27] He averaged 50.6 yards per game over the next 11 games with just three touchdowns, before a 101-yard finale in the second divisional game against the Detroit Lions.[20] His 929 rushing yards was 18th in the league,[28] down from seventh in his rookie season.

2010 season

In a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Forte ran for an 89-yard touchdown, which would have been the longest run in Bears history if it had occurred during a regular season game.[29] In the regular season opener, Forte had a career-best 151 receiving yards including two touchdowns, one of 89 and a game-winning 28 yarder; he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[30][31] In Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, Forte had touchdown runs of 18 and 68 yards, the latter a career long, on the way to 166 total rushing yards on the day.[32] Forte was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for this week. In Week 11 at the Miami Dolphins, the season's first Thursday Night Football game, Forte rushed for 97 yards on 25 carries and scored the game's only touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Bears shutout the Dolphins, 16–0.[33] Over the last seven games of the season, Forte had at least 90 rushing yards in five of them.[20] His 1,616 yards from scrimmage ranked tenth in the NFL.[34]

The Chicago Bears finished with an 11–5 record and made the playoffs.[35][36] In the Divisional Round, Forte recorded 80 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving in a victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and became the only player in Bears post-season history with 10+ receptions in the 21–14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.[37][38][39]

2011 season

Forte began the season primarily as a receiver. He recorded 68, 49, and two rushing yards in his first three games; buthad 90, 117, and 80 receiving yards, respectively.[20] This changed in Week 4, when Forte rushed for a career-high 205 yards and one rushing touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, starting a stretch of four 100+ yard rushing performances over the next five games.[40][41][42][43] Through nine games, Forte lead the Bears in rush attempts, rush yards, receptions, and receiving yards;[44] and through Week 8 led the league in yards from scrimmage.[45] In a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Forte joined Herschel Walker as the only players with 700 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in their first four seasons, and became the only player with 900 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards.[46] After three less productive games,[20] Forte sprained his MCL in a loss to the Chiefs, ending his season with 997 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 490 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[47][48] However, he was placed on the NFC team for the 2012 Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, making him the first Bears running back to be named to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson in 1991.[49][50]

Forte Camp 2009
Forte during training camp in 2009

2012 season

On March 2, 2012, Forte was given the franchise tag by the Bears, worth $7.74 million.[51][52] However, Forte expressed his frustration and refused to sign the tender, which eventually led to the Bears signing Michael Bush.[53][54] Forte then held out for a long-term contract,[55] skipping the organized team activity (OTA) workouts,[56] before finally agreeing to a four-year, $32 million deal.[52] In Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Forte sustained an ankle injury when he was tackled by Packers cornerback Charles Woodson,[57] originally reported as a dangerous "high ankle sprain"[58] but later down-graded[59] and he only missed one game.[57][60] On the season, he had three 100+ yard rushing performances, and one game with 50+ yards receiving.[61] Forte ended the 2012 season with a career-low 44 receptions for 340 yards,[62] and dropped out from the top 10 in yards from scrimmage.[63]

2013 season

In Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Forte had a 55-yard run, and the following week against the Detroit Lions, had a 53-yard run, making him the first Bears running back to record runs of 50+ yards in back-to-back games since Raymont Harris in 1997.[64][65][66] Two weeks later, against the New Orleans Saints, Forte passed Rick Casares for third in the all-time leading rusher list with 5,702 career yards, behind Walter Payton and Neal Anderson.[67] In Week 7 against the Washington Redskins, Forte scored three rushing touchdowns.[68] Against the Detroit Lions in Week 10, Forte recorded 49 yards from scrimmage to bring his season total to 1,023, and became the first player in Bears history and 18th NFL player to record 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his first six seasons.[69][70] On November 24, 2013, Forte passed Neal Anderson for the second most career rushing yards in Bears franchise history.[71] On December 27, Forte was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl.[72] In the Week 17 loss to Green Bay, Forte recorded his 20th 100-yard rushing game, tying Gale Sayers for the second-most in Bears history. He also had three touchdowns, becoming the third Bear with two three-touchdown games in a season.[73] Forte ended the 2013 season with a career-high nine rushing touchdowns along with 1,933 total yards from scrimmage, fifth-most in team history and the second-most behind Payton. Forte also had 1,339 rushing yards during the season, the ninth-most in franchise history.[74][75] Forte's 1,339 rushing yards ranked second in the NFL in 2013, while his all-purpose yards from 1,933 yards ranked fourth.[76][77] Following the regular season's conclusion, Forte was one of three finalists for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award,[78] but finished runner-up to LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles.[79]

2014 season

Matt Forte Brandon Marshall Alshon Jeffery 2014
Forte with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in 2014

In 2014, Forte solidified his reputation as one of the best receiving backs in NFL history, with five or more receptions in 14 of 16 games.[80] This included twelve receptions for 105 yards in the fifth game, followed by ten receptions for 77 in the sixth game, becoming just the fourth Bear (since joined by Alshon Jeffery in 2015),[81] and the second running back in NFL history with back-to-back 10+ reception games.[82][83][84] He ended the season with 102 receptions, breaking Larry Centers' 1995 record for running backs, which was later eclipsed by Carolina Panthers running back, Christian McCaffrey in 2018. Forte also had three 100+ yard rushing games, and nine games with 100+ yards from scrimmage. He passed 1,000 yards rushing for the third consecutive season (joining Neal Anderson and Walter Payton as the only Bears to do so), and for the fifth time in his career (second only to Payton).

2015 season

Forte began his 2015 season with a season-best 141 rushing yards against Green Bay, his best since the 2011 season.[20] In Week 3, Forte had zero receptions snapping a streak of 49 consecutive games, 17th all-time among running backs.[85] His production was sub-par even before a knee injury at the hands of Minnesota's Harrison Smith sidelined him for three games.[86] In 13 games in the 2015 season, Forte rushed for 898 yards and four touchdowns, and caught 44 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, a then-career-low 1,287 yards from scrimmage.[87] He was ranked 90th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[88]

On February 12, 2016, Forte announced that the Bears were not going to attempt to re-sign him in free agency.[89] Ryan Pace, the Bears' general manager, later confirmed the Bears were not going to re-sign Forte. He praised Forte's contributions to the Bears by stating, "Matt is one of the all-time great Bears and did an excellent job for us on and off the field last season."[90]

New York Jets

2016 season

On March 9, 2016, Forte signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the New York Jets.[91] In his Jets debut, during their season-opening loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, Forte had 22 carries for 96 rushing yards and five catches for 59 receiving yards in the 23–22 loss.[92] The following week, he finished a 37–31 victory over the Buffalo Bills with 30 carries for 100 yards and tied a career-high with three rushing touchdowns.[93] On October 23, 2016, Forte carried the ball 30 times for 100 yards and a rushing touchdown while also making four receptions for 54 receiving yards and caught his first touchdown reception of the season in a win over the Baltimore Ravens.[94][95] He was placed on injured reserve on December 30, 2016 with a knee injury. The 5–11 Jets frequently fell behind early in games, and Forte split rushing duties with Bilal Powell.[96][97] He finished his first season as a Jet with a career-low 813 rushing yards with seven touchdowns to go along with 30 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown.[98][99]

2017 season

Forte had a career-low 152 yards from scrimmage in his first three games before a toe injury sidelined him for two weeks, allowing Bilal Powell to emerge as a legitimate replacement.[100] He did not have a game with 10 rushing attempts until Week 9, when he scored his first two touchdowns of the season against the Buffalo Bills.[101] He was placed on injured reserve on December 30, 2017 after battling a knee injury for most of the season.[102] On Christmas Eve, against the Los Angeles Chargers, he had 19 rushing yards and seven receiving yards in what would be his final professional game.[103] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 381 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 37 receptions, 293 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[104]

Retirement

On February 28, 2018, Forte announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.[105][106] The Chicago Bears honored both Forte and former teammate Devin Hester on April 23 during a press conference at Halas Hall. The two players signed ceremonial one-day contracts to retire as members of the Bears.[107] Bears chairman George McCaskey praised Forte's legacy with the Bears, lauding the former running back as "a superior athlete and frequently the best player on the field — among the best in a long line of great Bears running backs."[107]

Career statistics

Source:[108]

Legend
NFL Record
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Rushing Receiving 2PT Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2008 Chicago Bears 16 16 316 1,238 3.9 50T 8 63 477 7.6 19 4 0 1 1
2009 Chicago Bears 16 16 258 929 3.6 61 4 57 471 8.3 37 0 1 6 3
2010 Chicago Bears 16 16 237 1,069 4.5 68T 6 51 547 10.7 89T 3 1 3 2
2011 Chicago Bears 12 12 203 997 4.9 46 3 52 490 9.4 56T 1 0 2 2
2012 Chicago Bears 15 15 248 1,094 4.4 46 5 44 340 7.7 47 1 0 2 1
2013 Chicago Bears 16 16 289 1,339 4.6 55 9 74 594 8.0 34 3 1 2 2
2014 Chicago Bears 16 16 266 1,038 3.9 32 6 102† 808 7.9 56 4 2 2 2
2015 Chicago Bears 13 13 218 898 4.1 27 4 44 389 8.8 38 3 1 2 1
2016 New York Jets 14 13 218 813 3.7 32 7 30 263 8.8 40 1 0 1 1
2017 New York Jets 12 4 103 381 3.7 20 2 37 293 7.9 34 1 0 1 1
Career 146 137 2,356 9,796 4.2 68 54 554 4,672 8.4 89 21 6 22 16

Career awards and highlights

Bears Franchise Records

  • Most rush attempts, rookie season (316)[109]
  • Most receptions, rookie season (63)[109]
  • Most yards from scrimmage, rookie season (1,715)[109]
  • Most receptions, post-season game (10, 2011-01-23 GNB)
  • Games with 3+ TDs in a season (2 in 2013, tied with Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and Neal Anderson)

Personal life

Forte married Danielle Daniels in August 2011. The couple has two children, Nala (born in 2013) and Matthew (born in 2015).[110][111] Forte and his family resided in Mettawa, Illinois during his tenure with the Bears.[112]

Forte is a Christian and attends weekly team Bible studies and chapels.[113] Forte has spoken about his faith saying, "When people look at me, I don’t want them to just see football. I want my faith to speak for me and that it’s about more than that. It’s about reaching out to others and telling them about your faith."[114]

Forte earned a degree in Finance from Tulane University in May 2009.[115]

In his spare time, Forte enjoys playing video games, especially Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Halo 3 for the Xbox 360.[116] Forte was also the runner up in the 2008 Rookie Madden Bowl.[117]

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1925 Southern Conference football season

The 1925 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1925 college football season. The season began on September 19. 1925 saw the south's widespread use of the forward pass.In the annual Rose Bowl game, the SoCon champion Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the heavily favored PCC champion Washington Huskies by a single point, 20–19, and became the first southern team ever to win a Rose Bowl. It is commonly referred to as "the game that changed the south." Alabama halfback Johnny Mack Brown was the Rose Bowl game's MVP. Alabama therefore was named a national champion along with Dartmouth.

Tulane back Peggy Flournoy led the nation in scoring with his 128 points, a school record not broken until 2007 by Matt Forte. With also Lester Lautenschlaeger in the backfield to lead the Green Wave, Tulane beat Northwestern i a game which helped herald the arrival of Southern football.The Georgia Tech team, led by Doug Wycoff, had one of the best defenses in school history.

1928 Southern Conference football season

The 1928 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1928 college football season. The season began on September 22.

In the annual Rose Bowl game, Georgia Tech defeated the California Golden Bears by a score of 8–7. The game was notable for a play by California All-American Roy Riegels in which he scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble and ran towards his own goal line. The two-point safety on the ensuing punt proved to be the margin of victory. Georgia Tech thus claims a national championship.

The Florida Gators led the nation in scoring with 336 points, but had their undefeated campaign derailed in the final game by the South's biggest upset that season, a controversial loss to Tennessee.

Tulane back Bill Banker led the conference in individual scoring with 128 points, tying a school record set by Peggy Flournoy in 1925 which was unbroken until 2007 by Matt Forte.

2008 Chicago Bears season

The 2008 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 89th regular season in the National Football League. They finished the 2008 season with a 9–7 record, improving upon their 7–9 record from the 2007 season. The Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

2008 Senior Bowl

The 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl was a college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2007 college football season and prospects in the 2008 NFL Draft. It was played on January 26, 2008, at 3 p.m. EST at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Coverage of the event was on high-definition on the NFL Network between January 21–26.

2009 Chicago Bears season

The 2009 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 90th season overall in the National Football League. The Bears had looked to improve upon their 9–7 record from 2008 and return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season, but failed to do so for the third consecutive season. The team finished 7–9, and third in the NFC North. This season is Lovie Smith's sixth season as the team's head coach. The Bears played all their home games at Soldier Field.

2010 Chicago Bears season

The 2010 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 91st season overall in the National Football League. Coming off a disappointing 7–9 record in the 2009 season and failing to qualify for the NFL playoffs for a third consecutive season, the Bears sought to develop their roster and improve on their record in 2010, particularly their standing in the NFC North. All Bears home games were scheduled to be played at Soldier Field. With their final regular season record at 11–5, the Bears improved drastically on their 2009 record. Their regular season finished with their first playoff appearance since the Super Bowl season of 2006, winning the NFC North division and earning a bye as the NFC's second seed. The Bears won their first game in the Divisional round of the playoffs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks on January 16, 2011, to advance to the NFC Championship game. The Chicago Bears's 2010 season came to an end January 23, 2011 with a 21–14 loss to their longtime rivals and eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

This was the last time the Bears won the NFC North and appeared in the postseason until 2018.

2011 Chicago Bears season

The 2011 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 92nd overall season in the National Football League, and the 8th under head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears, defending NFC North Division champions, attempted a return to the playoffs after falling in the NFC Championship Game to their arch-rivals the Green Bay Packers. The club was scheduled to partake in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game but due to the lockout, the game was cancelled. The Bears traveled to Wembley Stadium in London to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL International Series and played the Packers on Christmas Day evening in the only scheduled game on that day. The Bears finished the season with an 8–8 record and did not qualify for the playoffs again until 2018.

2012 Chicago Bears season

The 2012 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, as well as the ninth under head coach Lovie Smith. The team played at Soldier Field for the tenth season since its reconstruction in 2001.

The Bears entered the 2012 season looking to improve on their 8–8 record in 2011. They acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins, who had played with Bears Quarterback, Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos from 2006–2008. The Bears were expected to be a wild card team by ten ESPN experts, and four NFL.com analysts predicted that the team would finish second in the NFC North. By the season's midpoint, the Bears had proven to be among the league's elite teams, having a record of 7–1 in their first 8 games, something they had not accomplished since their 2006 Super Bowl season, along with a scoring differential of +120, which led the league. The team trailed the San Francisco 49ers in scoring defense with 15 points per game allowed, and third in scoring offense with 29.5, trailing the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. The defense also recorded six interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first seven games of the season, an NFL record; the Bears then recorded two more in the season, one shy of the record set by the 1961 San Diego Chargers. However, during the second half of the season, the Bears went 3–5, and after scoring 19 touchdowns in the first eight games, the Bears scored ten fewer in the second half of the season. Despite defeating the Detroit Lions in the season finale to have a record of 10–6, the Minnesota Vikings, who had a better division record than Chicago, defeated the Green Bay Packers 37–34, ending the Bears season. As a result, the Bears became the first team since the 1996 Washington Redskins to start the season 7–1 and miss the playoffs. On December 31, Smith was fired, and was replaced by Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman.The Bears finished the season by leading the NFL in takeaways with 44, sixth in third-down efficiency (35.5 percent) and eighth in sacks with 41, while ranking third in the league in fewest points allowed with 277; Chicago was the lone team in the top five in that category to not qualify for the playoffs. The Bears also had a +20 turnover margin, second behind the New England Patriots; the Bears and New York Giants were the only teams in the top eleven of the category to not make the playoffs.This would be the last winning season for the Bears until 2018.

2013 Chicago Bears season

The 2013 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 94th season in the National Football League. The season was the first year under head coach Marc Trestman, as Lovie Smith was fired on December 31, 2012. The team played at Soldier Field for the 11th season since its reconstruction in 2001. The Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs with an 8–8 record, the sixth time in seven years since the Super Bowl XLI loss in 2006.The Bears started the regular season by winning their first three games before losing in weeks four and five to the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints, respectively. The following game after winning against the New York Giants, quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury against the Washington Redskins, as the Bears entered the bye week at 4–3. With Cutler out, Josh McCown stepped in against the Green Bay Packers in week nine, leading the Bears to victory. Cutler returned in the next game against the Lions, but injured his ankle in the loss, and McCown filled in for the next four games; during the four-game span under McCown, the Bears went 2–2, while McCown excelled, throwing thirteen touchdowns and one interception. As a result, when Cutler returned in week fourteen against the Cleveland Browns, controversy arose over who should be the starter. After winning against Cleveland, the Lions lost the following day, allowing the Bears to clinch the NFC North in week sixteen with Packers and Lions losses grouped with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Bears lost 54–11 against the Eagles, and in week seventeen against the Packers, the Bears were eliminated from playoff contention with a 33–28 loss.

2014 Chicago Bears season

The 2014 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 95th season in the National Football League, as well as the second under head coach Marc Trestman. The Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs after being eliminated from contention in week fourteen, their fourth consecutive season without making the postseason.The Bears entered 2014 with hopes of improving their 8–8 record in 2013. After losing the season opener to the Buffalo Bills, the Bears won their next two games. However, this would be the only week of 2014 that the Bears had a winning record, as they fell to 3–5 upon reaching the bye week. The Bears lost three of those games by more than one touchdown, and allowed more than 50 points in consecutive games against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. The Bears won two straight games after the loss to the Packers, but ended the season with five consecutive losses, all but two (in the second games against the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings) by more than two scores. The Bears ended the season 5–11, their first losing season since 2009 and first season with more than ten losses since 2004.

General manager Phil Emery was fired on December 29, and Trestman was fired later in the day.

Brian Piccolo Award

The Brian Piccolo Award is an honor that is given to players of the Chicago Bears. The award is given to one rookie and one veteran per season who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo. Piccolo was a running back for the Bears from 1966 until his untimely death from embryonal cell carcinoma on June 16, 1970, at age 26.

Jeremy Langford (American football)

Jeremy Langford (born December 6, 1991) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan State, and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

List of Chicago Bears team records

The Chicago Bears are a National Football League (NFL) franchise based in Chicago. This article lists all the individual and team statistical records complied since the franchise's birth in 1920.

Marion Barber III

Marion Sylvester Barber III (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. After playing college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 during his six-year tenure with the Cowboys. He played for the Chicago Bears in 2011.

He is the older brother of former Houston Texans safety Dominique Barber and Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Thomas Barber, and the son of former New York Jets running back Marion Barber, Jr.. He is also a cousin of Peyton Barber.

Mettawa, Illinois

Mettawa is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 547. The village maintains trails for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian usage. Five forest preserves of the Lake County Forest Preserve District are located within village boundaries.

Peggy Flournoy

Charles Priestley "Peggy" Flournoy (January 17, 1904 – October 7, 1972) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He was the first Tulane football player selected first-team All-American. In 1925, he led the nation in scoring with 128 points, a school record not broken until 2007 by Matt Forte.

Slidell, Louisiana

Slidell is a city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Slidell High School

Slidell High School is a public school for grades nine through twelve located in Slidell, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the St. Tammany Parish Public School District and serves portions of west and central Slidell as well as a section of Lacombe.

Tulane Green Wave football statistical leaders

The Tulane Green Wave football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Tulane Green Wave football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Green Wave represent Tulane University in the NCAA's American Athletic Conference.

Although Tulane began competing in intercollegiate football in 1893, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1939. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1939, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Green Wave have played in two bowl games since then.

Eight of Tulane's nine highest seasons in total offensive yards have come since 1998.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

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