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Devin Hester Announces Retirement from NFL After 11-Year Career

15 December 2017, 03:33 | Kristopher Drake

Former Miami Hurricane Devin Hester Officially Retires From NFL

Celebrate Devin Hester's Retirement With His Greatest Kick And Punt Returns

He also represented the Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks during his final three seasons. On Tuesday, Hester officially announced his retirement.

"Commissioner Goodell, you can put the kickoff back at the 30", he wrote. "Bad news: Y'all will have to find a new favorite returner".

Hester went on to make special mention of all the Chicago Bears fans, where he quickly emerged as one of the dynamic players in the game with 11 return touchdowns in his first two seasons.

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

Perhaps the biggest name sharing his perspective on Hester was Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who told a touching story about the time he first met the Windy City Flyer.

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Hester was the most decorated and risky return man in the league for almost a decade, making four Pro Bowls and being named first-team All-Pro three times. It worked well enough to keep teams from kicking to him.

That's not an opinion borne out of a view through Bear goggles.

Hester, unfortunately, never won a title, but he did return the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XlI 92 yards for a touchdown and set the Bears up with an early 7-0 lead. He made an impact on the game just by standing on the field and being Devin Hester. He remains the Bears' all-time leader in punt return yards (3,241), kickoff return yards (5,504), total kick return yards (8,745), punt returns (264) and kickoff returns (222). The only thing that I left out of this game is walking away without getting a ring.

Hester will be eligible for nomination for the Hall of Fame in five years. He also had his last punt return for a touchdown that year. He also fumbled 41 times on his 901 career touches, a very high rate. He played eight years with the Bears. Hester was a major reason for that. For that alone, he deserves Hall of Fame consideration.

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