Since debuting as a Chicago Bear in 2008, Forte has garnered praise as a versatile and consistent playmaker. During his rookie year, he led the 2008 NFL rookie running backs in total yards and receptions. With the exception of Herschel Walker in the 1980s, Forte became the only player to have 700 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in his first four seasons. Although he was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2011 season, his stellar on-field performance earned him a spot on the 2012 Pro Bowl roster.
"I’m honored to be recognized by Vizio along with a great group of players", says Forte, "I am very fortunate in that I get to do something that I love, so anything beyond that, in terms of recognition and awards, is definitely a bonus!"
Vizio TVP candidates are evaluated based on their regular season performances and statistics, and the role they played in the success of their teams. Fan votes will determine the winner and every fan that votes is entered for a chance to win a Vizio TV. Fans can sound off via Twitter by using the hash tag #VIZIOTVP. Voting starts January 9, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm on January 23, 2012.
About Matt Forte: Dynamic Running Back Matt Forte is in his fourth season with the Chicago Bears. Named Sports Illustrated 2011 Midseason Offensive MVP, Forte ranks among the top players in the league in total yards from scrimmage. In 2011, he became the first Bears running back named to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson in 1991.
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