Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is a dog-lover who sees past stereotypes. One of his two dogs is a three-year-old "bully breed" named Ali.

Many people fear pit bulls as ill-tempered and violent animals due to the breed's popularity in dog fighting, which is an illegal blood sport in the United States. Forte, however, advocates that they are loving pets when they have an owner that properly cares for them.

Via Maggie Hendricks PAWS Chicago:

Forte said he runs The Hill at Arlington Heights, and Ali runs with him. When Forte is away -- either on a road trip or at training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill. -- Ali is protective of the family, which includes Forte's wife and two young children.

PAWS Founder and Chair Paula Fasseas recognizes Forte as a responsible pit bull owner and a powerful voice for the cause.

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Forte, 30, isn't your average NFL running back. After eight seasons with the same team, he is aware of his voice in the community and the impact he can have on a larger scale. In this case, he's using that influence to help sway opinions about bully breeds.