Former second-round draft pick Devin Hester, 35, has officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.
Hester last played for the Seattle Seahawks in last year’s postseason, but he is best-known for his time with the Chicago Bears. The four-time Pro Bowler was drafted by Chicago in 2006 out of University of Miami, and had the most impressive rookie season a return specialist has ever had.
At the age of 24, Hester led the league in punt returns (47), punt return yards (600), punt return touchdowns (3) and kick-off return touchdowns (two). He also returned a missed field goal for a then-record 108-yard touchdown. He returned the opening kick of that year’s Super Bowl for a touchdown in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Hester would go on to playing 11 seasons in the league — eight with the bears, two with the Falcons and one split between Baltimore and Seattle.
In total, Hester finishes his career with 3,695 PR yards and 14 PR touchdowns, as well as 7,333 KR yards and five KR touchdowns. He retires with the most non-offensive touchdowns in NFL history (20).
He also played a little receiver throughout his career as well, racking up 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns on 255 receptions.
He is, without question, the greatest return specialist in NFL history. We’ll be seeing him in Canton in 5-6 years.
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