On Wednesday morning Matt Forte announced his retirement from the NFL, ending his two-year run with the Jets. Those two years were more than enough to leave head coach Todd Bowles with a fantastic impression.
After Forte's announcement, Bowles spoke highly of the running back as well as former Jets LB David Harris, who also just retired. Bowles didn't need to speak much about their successful careers on the field, deciding instead to give a glowing testimonial to the character each showed.
"They're the guys you want your guys to be like in the locker room and off the field," Bowles said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. "Highly professional and highly motivated. Great worth ethic. Did things the right way. Tough, smart, intelligent. Everything you want your players to emulate, those two guys represented."
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.
"I'd like to thank the New York Jets organization for the past two years. My experience as a Jet was truly first rate," Forte said.
Harris left the Jets after last season as the second-leading tackler in team history with 1,260 tackles in 10 seasons, nine of which he led the team. He spent 2017 with the Patriots before retiring earlier in February.