Bears fans often talk about Matt Forte as a do-it-all back. Indeed, he was a workhorse who did everything asked of him and more (and exceptionally well, might I add). Basically, Forte was the team’s best offensive skill position player for a vast majority of his career in Chicago.
And yet, it’s clear something stuck with him:
Matt Forte said his one regret as a player was not winning a Super Bowl with the Bears.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) April 23, 2018
Ouch. Right in the feels.
It’s hard to have many regrets when you put together as storied of a career as Forte did while with the Bears. When your name is in the conversation with Walter Payton and pretty much everywhere on the franchise statistical leaderboard, you’ve obviously done something right. Still, the feeling of not being able to bring home a title is inescapable – and understandable.
Forte isn’t the first to express this feeling in recent months. Back in November, long-time Bears placekicker Robbie Gould shared a similar sentiment before he returned to Chicago for the first time since being cut in favor of signing Connor Barth. Not only did Gould say he held no animosity toward the Bears, he added: “[T]he only thing I didn’t accomplish as a Chicago Bear was winning a Super Bowl – and I told Mrs. (Virginia) McCaskey I was sorry for that, and I deeply mean that.” (OK, who started cutting onions in the middle of my post? I mean, who does that?)
Monday was an emotional one for Forte and Devin Hester, who signed ceremonial one-day contracts to officially retire as members of the Chicago Bears and get the send-off they so richly deserved. Their highlights are still fresh in our minds and there is no taking away the memories they brought to fans.
And while I totally get whey prominent players are disappointed in their inability to bring home a title, we all know it wasn’t for a lack of trying.