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Kyle Long says Matt Forte earned the nickname 'workhorse'

If fantasy football owners had trepidation over Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte, the soon-to-be 30-year-old quelled most of those fears.

Forte’s offensive output in Week 1 offset concerns that his production would fall off the proverbial cliff once he turned 30.

Forte carried the ball 24 times for 141 yards and one touchdown, to the surprise of almost no one inside the Bears’ locker room.

“Matt Forte wears a shirt at the facility every day since my rookie year -- it’s a cutoff shirt so his big, ole guns can stick out -- and on the bottom it says '22,’ and up top is says ‘Workhorse.’” Bears right tackle Kyle Long said on “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 on Tuesday.

“If I had any issue with him wearing that shirt or if I didn’t think there was any validity to that statement, I’d tell him to take it off. But the guy earns it every day. He’s a shining example of what you are supposed to be like as a pro. He never complains. Never takes plays off. And it shows on Sundays.”

Forte took the high road when general manager Ryan Pace refused to give him an extension in the offseason, but Long said he never doubted what Forte had left after seven seasons as the Bears’ featured running back.

“No. I had no doubt,” Long said. “I’ve seen the guy do it. He gets beat up so bad. I don’t know how running backs do it. He takes a pounding and has been doing it for a long time. There is a reason why he gets picked so early in those fantasy drafts. He can do everything: rush, catch, block and lead.”

In 108 career games, Forte has 7,845 rushing yards and 3,752 receiving yards for an average of 107.4 yards from scrimmage per game. That number is second in Bears’ franchise history to only Walter Payton (111.9 yards from scrimmage per game).