Bears fans know Matt Forte as the player that has rushed for more than 8,000 yards during his NFL career, but few know the story behind the man.
In an episode that aired Tuesday night, ESPN’s “E60” chronicled Forte’s life from pee wee to the pros.
In the opening moments of the episode, Forte describes how Bears legend Walter Payton inspired his training regime.
ChicagoBears: RT E60: A knee injury is the latest obstacle for Matt Forte in a life defined by overcoming them. Hi… pic.twitter.com/IkTAjZUJYl— Mina Blazy (@MinaBlazy) November 3, 2015
The episode also details Forte’s relationship with his first coach: his father.
Matt Forte and his father, Gene. One family, 2 generations of football players... 2 different takes on hairstyles. pic.twitter.com/wkAPshOhvt— E:60 (@E60) November 4, 2015
The best part was perhaps footage of Forte from his pee wee days – when he dominated the competition even more than he does now.
10-year-old linebackers stood no chance against mini Matt Forte. His story, from the beginning, tonight @ 8 on ESPN https://t.co/kDNOm3SqvY— E:60 (@E60) November 3, 2015
Check out how others reacted E60’s Matt Forte profile:
Just watched the Forte E60. Sign him for a billion years and give him all the money this offseason.— The Allied Invasion (@LegendOfLefty) November 4, 2015
Hey @E60, I'm gonna need to see more of those Matt Forte peewee football highlights. He looked like the Barry Sanders of tykes.— M@ (@MattSpiegel670) November 4, 2015
Watching Payton footage during this #E60 piece on Matt Forte gives me the feels.— Deborah (@librarydebster) November 4, 2015
This Matt Forte E60 is fantastic— Amanda Lee Carraway (@amanduh42) November 4, 2015
Enjoying this @E60 piece on Matt Forte. "The Walmart of Running Backs" Love it!— Mike Donovan (@TheMikeDonovan) November 4, 2015
Tonight's @E60 on Matt Forte really put Hurricane Katrina into perspective.— Grant Bosiacki (@GBos2) November 4, 2015