Since being a second round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2008, Matt Forte has proven to be one the very best to ever lace 'em up in Chicago. He's number 2 in franchise history in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and receptions behind Hall Of Famer Walter Payton. He's 3rd all time in total touchdowns and 6th all time in receiving yards.
But for as good of a player that he is, he's just as good of a guy off the field.
His latest endeavor is a social media campaign where he asks his followers every week to submit their favorite inspirational and motivational quotes on Twitter using the hashtag #ForteFav.
Each week Forte picks his favorite quote and he gives the person who sent it a shout-out via his Twitter page (@MattForte22). He also sends them an autographed t-shirt with the actual Tweet printed on it.
Forte is very passionate about his responsibility as an NFL player to be a role model and to also mentor young adults by spreading positive messages to them. The #ForteFav campaign has helped Matt get closer to his fans and show that they inspire him just as much as he does them.
Here's the video Forte Tweeted out back in September that kicked off the campaign.
Here are a few of Forte's Twitter shout-outs to the weekly winners.
And here are a couple reactions from his fans.
Forte is in the final year of his current contract, with his status for next year unknown. Even though he turns 30 in a month, Forte has been a reliable presence in Chicago's offense his entire career.
Forte is expected to be out the next couple of weeks with a knee injury, but he has been been relatively healthy throughout his career. He began his NFL journey by starting 60 straight regular season games without a miss, before being forced to miss the last four games of the 2011 season. From 2012-2014 he only sat out one game.
While it's still up in the air whether or not Matt Forte remains a Bear beyond 2015, he's certainly made plenty of fans during his eight years in Chicago.