Veteran running back Justin Forsett announced his retirement from professional football after a nine-year career in the NFL. Forsett was picked in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2008 NFL Draft, impressing in preseason and earning his spot on the roster ... before Tim Ruskell cut him to make room for Jon Ryan and Billy McMullen. Forsett played three games for the Indianapolis Colts before being waived, then re-signed with the Seahawks and held down duties as a return specialist, but never touched the ball on offense.
After Seattle’s brutally bad Edgerrin James signing fell apart in 2009, Forsett became a more important part of the Seahawks running game alongside Julius Jones. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 114 attempts, and racked up five touchdowns in total. Forsett only made five starts with the team from 2009 to 2011, and he was not re-signed for the 2012 season. Forsett had short stops in Houston and Jacksonville before a very good two-year stretch with the Baltimore Ravens, including a 1,266 yard rushing year in 2014, to go along with a career-high 44 catches. In 2016, Baltimore released him (coming off a season-ending injury in 2015), then re-signed him, then released him again. Forsett played for Detroit and Denver before hanging up the cleats at the age of 31.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Forsett, mostly because he absolutely should’ve been getting more of the workload in the 2008-2009 years than he actually managed. He was essentially the successor to Maurice Morris, in some respects. It’s a shame that he wasn’t part of at least the beginning of the Russell Wilson era, as the Seahawks opted for Robert Turbin to back up Marshawn Lynch, but for a seventh-round draft pick I think he’s carved out a damn good career for himself.
In honor of Forsett, here are all eight of his touchdowns he scored as a member of the Seahawks. Some of the GIFs here are from this video, which was a godsend for actually finding pre-2012 Seahawks highlights on Youtube.
Touchdown #1 - 11 yard rush (at Arizona Cardinals, November 15th, 2009)
Touchdown #2 - 1 yard rush (at Minnesota Vikings, November 22nd, 2009)
Touchdown #3 - 3 yard rush (at St. Louis Rams, November 29th, 2009)
Touchdown #4 - 2 yard rush (at St. Louis Rams, November 29th, 2009)
Touchdown #5 - 8 yard pass (vs. San Francisco 49ers, December 6th, 2009)
Touchdown #6 - 9 yard rush (at Chicago Bears, October 17th, 2010)
Touchdown #7 - 4 yard rush (at Arizona Cardinals, November 14th, 2010)
Touchdown #8 - 22 yard rush (at St. Louis Rams, November 20th, 2011)
It’s only just occurred to me as I wrap this article up that Forsett’s only touchdown at CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) Field was an actual, well-executed screen pass. That’s probably one of only four good screens to the RB the Seahawks have run over the last decade.
Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Forsett, and thanks for the memories!