Matt Forte was pretty aware that he would not be with the Chicago Bears after the 2015 season, mostly because of the rise of Jeremy Langford and his own aging. He ended up signing with the New York Jets earlier this year and now wants to prove he can still play in the NFL.
Forte missed three games during the 2015 season and turned 30 at the end of the year. As many know, that age is the magic number where many professional football players see their careers start to take a downhill turn.
However, he doesn’t want that to deter people from thinking that he can still play at a very high level. He spoke with reporters saying that his ultimate decision to sign with the Jets was their weight room, which can help keep him going strong into the rest of his career.
“That was one of the reasons for me wanting to come here, because the training room is so good,” Forte told NJ.com. “At this point in your career, health is so important. You’re not as young as you used to be, or recover as fast as you used to. But if you get the right [trainers] in there and work with them, you can turn back the time.”
Matt Forte was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2008 draft. Since then, he has had a great run in the NFL, recording over 8,600 yards and 45 touchdowns, while only barely missing 1,000 yards three years in his eight-year career.
The Jets finished 10-6 in 2015 and just narrowly missed the AFC playoffs. It certainly looks like they could be back on their way to contending in their conference and Forte hopes to be a big part of that.
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