clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Justin Forsett has retired from football

New, comments

One of Cal’s greats is hanging it up.

USC v California Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

As Marshawn Lynch returns to football, his buddy and former teammate Justin Forsett departs it. The legendary California Golden Bears running back announced his retirement earlier today.

Forsett played all four seasons at Cal (spot duty as a rookie, then Marshawn Lynch’s backup for two years, then full-time starter in 2007), amassing 3,220 rushing yards on 5.7 yards per carry and 26 rushing touchdowns, along with 41 receptions for 386 yards for 9.4 yards per catch. Forsett’s senior season is one of the most productive in Cal history: 1546 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns, along with 22 catches at a 9.2 yards per catch clip.

Forsett bounced around the NFL as a backup for the most part, landing stints with the Seahawks (again as Lynch’s teammate), Texans, and Jaguars. Forsett landed a starting role in Baltimore in 2015, putting up his most productive season as an NFL player (235 carries, 1266 yards, eight touchdowns). He finishes his NFL career with 3890 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 4.7 yards per attempt.

Forsett was a model of consistency for Cal, regardless of whether the team won or lost. He had big performances against almost every elite team the Bears faced, whether it be Tennessee on Opening Day, or taking on a Pac-10 champion USC in the pouring rain, or piling it up in Autzen Stadium against a top ten Oregon Ducks team to land Cal’s only win in Eugene in the last 30 years. While Lynch played Beast Mode, Forsett was the closer, finishing off many Cal victories with sharp and polished runs that kept the leads strong and the Bears on the road to victory.

Cal football released some highlights of Justin earlier today.

Give us your favorite Justin Forsett memories Cal fans!