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Devin Hester named NFC special teamer of the week for 10th time

Devin Hester AP

We’re running out of superlatives to describe Devin Hester’s work as a punt returner, so we’ll just let the numbers do the talking.

Hester, who was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ 34-29 win over Carolina. It was Hester’s 11th career punt return for a score, the most of anyone in the history of the game and his 15 combined kickoff and punt returns are also a league record. Even more impressive may be the fact that Hester’s 11 returns have come on 182 career punt returns. Eric Metcalf, who was tied for the mark with Hester prior to Sunday, returned 10 punts for touchdowns but had 351 total returns in his career.

Hester also had a 73-yard kickoff return to set up a Bears touchdown in the first half of the game. All of that made him an easy choice for his 10th NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the most of anyone in history which makes sense given how special Hester has been as a returner since entering the league in 2006.

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16 Responses to “Devin Hester named NFC special teamer of the week for 10th time”
  1. kliplee says: Oct 5, 2011 4:33 PM

    the only thing i like about da bears

  2. dexterismyhero says: Oct 5, 2011 4:34 PM

    Bear Down Chicago Bears!!!!

  3. murphyov says: Oct 5, 2011 4:40 PM

    He’s great, no doubt. What in the world are these teams thinking that still kick to him. In Madden, I kick it out of bounds or squib it, every single time. Starting on the 40 isn’t ideal, but I’ll take my chances against Cutler.

  4. thesecplaysforkeeps says: Oct 5, 2011 4:41 PM

    Yut

  5. pixelito says: Oct 5, 2011 4:42 PM

    New Yorkers are simply more intelligent than most people from middle America :)

    FACT

  6. fofofotey says: Oct 5, 2011 4:51 PM

    Just once a long snapper needs to win this.

  7. fijabbersman345 says: Oct 5, 2011 4:55 PM

    WHAT?!?!?!??! DEVIN HESTER WINNING AWARDS FOR SPECIAL TEAMS?!?!??!??

    I’m shocked.

  8. fcs34 says: Oct 5, 2011 4:57 PM

    Devin Hester you are ridiculous. Also very humble and a good teamate.

  9. djp519 says: Oct 5, 2011 4:58 PM

    “Devin Hester is ridiculous.” -credit Jeff Joniak, WBBM

  10. waxthat says: Oct 5, 2011 5:00 PM

    Congrats, Devin. You’re one hell of an entertainer.

  11. comeonnowguys says: Oct 5, 2011 5:50 PM

    What do you do when you can’t stop Devin Hester? You change the rules.

    I wonder how many more scores he’d have if the Bears weren’t being all Bearsy and trying to force him into a WR-only role for those few years.

  12. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 5, 2011 6:12 PM

    It’s not even fair how good this guy is. Really rooting for him to make it to Canton one day.

  13. bluemist says: Oct 5, 2011 6:30 PM

    Yet teams still kick to him. I don’t get it. And he’s still returning kickoffs for TDs even with the new rule. Awesome.

  14. tedknight40 says: Oct 5, 2011 7:19 PM

    I would like to know if everyone thinks he is Canton Bound once his career is over.

  15. philtration says: Oct 5, 2011 7:58 PM

    pixelito says: Oct 5, 2011 4:42 PM

    New Yorkers are simply more intelligent than most people from middle America :)

    FACT
    =================================
    I will try to remember that the next time I see those idiot Jets fans at the NFL draft.

  16. righthereisay says: Oct 5, 2011 8:15 PM

    The best to ever play the position. In fact, he was the best to ever play the position after his rookie year.

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