Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte has no plans of slowing down, as he resists the stereotype that 30-year-old running backs cannot perform at high levels.
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Forte had this to say to the Chicago Tribune (via NFL.com).
I want to break the stereotype of old running backs going downhill. This offseason I feel better than I have the past five or six offseasons. I got my rest and I know how to take care of my body now.
At 29, Forte is coming off of a spectacular season where he had over 1,300 rushing yards and 74 receptions. It’s positive to hear the elite running back say he’s got no plans of slowing down.
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will have a hard time arguing with Forte this season. He had this to say about Forte’s role with the team.
It’s hard to take Matt off the field, but for the best interests of the team we should take him off a little bit and get him rested. You say, ‘Next drive we are going to take him out. And you look at him on the sideline and he doesn’t look tired, so it is hard to take him out.
For the time being, it would appear Forte is in superb shape and has the stamina to put up yet another 1,000-yard plus season.
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