Bears RB and Louisiana native Matt Forte has an eye on New Orleans and Hurricane Isaac

Bears RB Matt Forte has an eye on New Orleans as it braces for Hurricane Isaac (Associated Press)

Bears RB Matt Forte is a Louisiana native, a Tulane graduate. He grew up in nearby Slidell, La., and still has his entire family down there. So, of course, he is paying close attention to oncoming Hurricane Isaac and the damage it could cause to New Orleans.

After practice today, I picked his brain on how he’s preparing for the season, and you’ll see some of that on NFL.com next week. Yeah, he’s a little competitive.

At the end, though, we talked about the storm. Forte is confident his family will be safe.

I mean, we’ve been living there almost 30 years, so there’s been a lot of hurricanes over those years,” Forte told me. “It’s not like something new to them. We evacuate if it gets bad enough. So, my parents they always go West, out of the way of the storm, then come back in.”

There may be damage, and no doubt it’s a scary situation. But Forte sounds like it’s kinda just how it is. Maybe that’s the best attitude.

Nah, they’ve been through a lot of hurricanes,” he said. “I’m not nervous about that.

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