Recently retired Chicago Bears legend/two-time Pro Bowl running back to be a featured analyst on network’s game day coverage beginning this fall
Chicago, IL (May 10, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago, the regional home for the most comprehensive multi-platform coverage of the Chicago Bears, has announced recently retired Bears legend/two-time Pro Bowl running back MATT FORTE will be joining the network as a game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. In addition to his game day analyst role, Forte is also scheduled to make additional appearances throughout the NFL season on a variety of NBC Sports Chicago’s programs and cross-platform portals.
“I am truly excited about this next chapter in my life,” said Forte. “I’ve always envisioned a career in broadcasting, and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than joining the NBC Sports Chicago team."
“We are extremely pleased to have Matt, who is one of the greatest players in Bears history and a true expert of the game, join our Bears game day coverage team beginning this season,” added Kevin Cross, Vice President of Content for NBC Sports Chicago. “The addition of Matt once again showcases our year-round commitment and desire to deliver the most comprehensive coverage of the Bears to our viewing audience.”
Forte recently signed a ceremonious one-day contract with the Bears on April 23rd that would officially mark the conclusion of his brilliant ten-year NFL career. Forte, a second-round pick out of Tulane in the 2008 NFL Draft (44th overall), spent eight of his ten pro seasons in a Bears uniform and immediately made an impact in his rookie season in which he led all rookie NFL running backs in total yards and receptions. Forte’s Bears tenure had numerous standout seasons including career-highs in rushing yards/rushing touchdowns in 2013 (1,339/9) and receptions/receiving yards/receiving touchdowns in 2014 (102/808/4). Only Hall of Famer Walter Payton ranks ahead of Forte on the Bears all-time list for rushing yards (8,602), yards from scrimmage (12,718), receptions (487), and 100-yard games (24). He currently sits third on the team’s all-time list in total touchdowns (64) behind Payton and Neal Anderson.
NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago will announce its full slate of 2018 Bears/NFL multi-platform offerings later this summer.
The Bears starting lineup for both sides of the ball are fully active for their primetime, Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
Mitchell Trubisky did not appear on the final injury report this week, confirming ahead of time that he would be clear for his return, but safety Eddie Jackson ended the week questionable for the game.
One safety did end up inactive, but it wasn’t the second-year starter.
Deon Bush was listed as doubtful for the game with a shin injury, and he is unable to take the field. Jackson and rookie defensive lineman Bilal Nichols were both questionable, and neither one will miss the contest.
Wide receiver Kevin White is once again a healthy scratch for the Bears with tight end Adam Shaheen back in the lineup. Fullback Michael Burton is even active over the former first-round pick.
The only key starter missing for the game is the one injured reserve, right guard Kyle Long.
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The Bears are facing their toughest test of the season against the NFC-leading Los Angeles Rams. Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky have been compared to Sean McVay and Jared Goff many times, and now they get to go head to head.
Here’s how you can tune in to the game.
Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago Bears (8-4)
7:20 p.m. CT, Sunday, Dec. 9
Soldier Field, Chicago
Sunday Night Football on NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
Stream on NBC Sports
Football Aftershow on NBC Sports Chicago
WBBM 780 (Chicago)
National broadcast: XM 88
Bears feed: XM 225
Rams feed: XM 226
Coverage on NBC Sports Chicago
“The Warm Up” — 15 minutes prior to every Bears game this season, host Laurence Holmes, along with analysts Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte, will hold a special Facebook Live segment on NBC Sports Chicago’s official Facebook page — offering a game day preview featuring their expert commentary and predictions.
Plus - Bears fans will have also an opportunity to have their questions answered by submitting their game day inquiries via the “comments” section on the live stream.
“3rd Quarter Sidecast” — At the start of the third quarter of every Bears game this season, fans will also be able to interact with the Football Aftershow crew via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) as they watch and react to the first few series of the second half.
In addition, the “3rd Quarter Sidecast” will also feature more fan interaction as fans can post their thoughts and ask their questions to Briggs, Brown, and Forte.