Devin Hester was a huge a part of the Bears 37 to 13 victory against their division rival, the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon. Not only did Hester set up the Bears first touchdown with a long punt return, he then took Detroit’s next punt and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. That punt return touchdown was the 12th of his career and 17th kick/punt return touchdown overall.
As if that were not enough, Hester also has a missed field goal return for a touchdown. He sits only one return touchdown away from Deion Sanders record of 19. What is even more extravagant is that Hester has almost reached this milestone in only 85 games, while it took “Primetime” 188.
Oh and did I mention he is only 29 years old and having already smashed Kevin Mitchell’s kick/punt return record at that young of an age is miraculous.
What most don’t even realize is that Hester has at least another 3 to 4 years of top-notch returning left in his career and IF Hester continues on the pace he’s currently at of three return touchdowns per season, he’ll finish his career with around 30 return touchdowns. That would be more than twice the amount of any returner in NFL history.
With those numbers, how can the true “Windy City Flyer” not be a Hall of Famer?!
He said during a recent interview on the Waddle and Silvy show on Chicago’s ESPN 1000, “He’s the greatest of all time at what he does, and in my opinion, when you’re the greatest of all time at your position you should be in the Hall of Fame. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer in my opinion. He’s going to have 30-something touchdown returns if people keep kicking to him. It’s a no-brainer for me. I just don’t see how people can not agree with that.”
Unfortunately Urlacher will not have a vote on whether Hester becomes enshrined in Canton, but for those that do, there is no way you can justify not voting Hester in when his time comes. He has an unbelievable impact on every game that he plays in. Teams have to game plan for Devin Hester. Let me repeat that… TEAMS HAVE TO GAME PLAN FOR A RETURN MAN (go ahead and let that fester for a while).
He kills teams even when he doesn’t touch the ball. IF you kick to him, more times than not, he will burn you. IF you decide to kick away from him, it generally results in great field position for the Bears. Name another player that has that affect on a team without even touching the ball? Nobody? Yeah, we couldn’t come up with anyone either.
If Hester is eventually voted into the Hall of Fame he would be the first return specialist to be enshrined, and it would be well deserved. If he continues to burn teams that decide to kick to him, Bears radio announcer Jeff Joniak will have to change his memorable call to Devin Hester…you are a Hall of Famer.