After 10 seasons in the NFL, Jets RB Matt Forte is ready to hang up the cleats as he announced his retirement, per Sports Spectrum.
It wasn't an easy decision to make for the 32-year-old back, but after much thought, he decided it was the best decision to make. He thanked everyone that made his NFL journey possible in his official statement.
"For the past 10 years, I've been blessed to play professionally a game that I've loved since I was 6 years old. But, after much prayer and reflection, I've decided to retire from the NFL," Forte said. "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."
Though Forte reflected on his eight years playing for his childhood-favorite Chicago bears, he couldn't forget his past two seasons with the Jets.
"I'd like to thank the New York Jets organization for the past two years. My experience as a Jet was truly first rate," he said.
Forte totaled 1,194 rushing yards, 556 receiving yards, and 11 total touchdowns in 26 games with the Jets the past two years. Overall, he finished 32nd in NFL history with 9,796 yards on the ground. He is also the Bears' second-leading rusher in team history behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton.
With his retirement, the Jets gain an extra $3 million in cap space to use this offseason.
SNY's Jeane Coakley speaks with Brian Costello of the NY Post about Forte's retirement.