Former IU running back Jordan Howard breaks Bears rookie rushing record

Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins defensive back Greg Toler (20) and Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) during the game at Soldier Field. The Redskins defeat the Bears 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Howard eluded defenders while he has at Indiana. Now, he’s evading them in the NFL, too.

In Chicago’s season-finale against Minnesota, the Bears’ running back broke the franchise’s rookie rushing record set by Matt Forte.

Forte set the record in 2008, rushing for 1,238 yards in his first season in Chicago. Howard eclipsed that mark in the first half of Sunday’s contest against the Vikings.

Howard has been a diamond in the rough for the Bears, who entered Sunday’s contest with a 3-12 record. Heading into the final game, the running back needed just 61 yards to break the record. He closed the half with 93 yards on 15 carries.

The rookie also entered his final game of the year with 298 receiving yards and seven totals TDs.

While at Indiana, Howard rushed for 1,213 yards and nine TDs in one season. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six of the nine games he played.


Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


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