Former Falcon Devin Hester Announces Retirement From NFL

Doug Mendoza
December 13, 2017

In news your probably already thought happened, former Chicago Bears legendary return man Devin Hester officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.

Well, after playing for three more teams from 2014 to 2016, the unsafe return man chose to officially announce his retirement on Tuesday.

"I have good news and bad news ..." He also returned a missed field goal 108 yards against the New York Giants.

The former Bears, Falcons and Seahawks specialist broke Deion Sanders' return touchdown record in 2014 with his 19th score. Hester played for Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle, but his best years were with the Chicago Bears, which made him a second-round pick out of Miami in 2006.

Hester is a four-time Pro Bowl player and three-time First Team All-Pro.

Hester was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Miami.

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What's most significant, though, is the way he forced other teams to play around him. And with voters limited in how many players they may vote for and the process that whittles down the list of candidates to semifinalists and then finalists, Hester may be waiting a little bit to get the phone call he deserves to have made.

Hester's signature moment, however, was returning the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown.

Hester had two more kickoff returns and four more punt returns for TDs in 2007. He was appreciative of everyone who made his hall of fame career possible. Hester also led the National Football League in kickoff return yardage in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014 and made history as returning the first, and now only, Super Bowl opening kickoff in the Super Bowl.

"We had decided all week that we were not going to kick the ball to Devin Hester".

The city of Chicago stopped when teams dared kick to Hester. His impact on so many games can not be understated, and deserves recognition in the Pro Football Hall of Fame - preferably, with his game-winning punt return against the Arizona Cardinals playing on a loop.

The South Florida native was a triple threat athlete that played cornerback, wide receiver and returner.

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