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Bears find it “shocking” anyone kicks to Devin Hester

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Devin Hester reminded the Vikings on Sunday night that he’s the most dangerous return man in NFL history, running back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. And that has some of Hester’s fellow Bears wondering why any team ever puts the ball in his hands.

“I think the shocking part for us is that people still kick to him because he’s such a threat,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. “And we know he is taking a shot, he might take one to the house, so it’s fun.”

It’s easy to say no team should ever kick to Hester, but it’s awfully hard to do: Even with kickoffs moved up to the 35-yard line, kickers can’t always boot the ball out of the end zone. Sometimes Hester is going to get the ball in his hands.

And when that happens, the Bears are in very good shape.

There’s never been anyone like him,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

Smith is right about that: Hester has 11 punt return touchdowns, five kickoff return touchdowns and one missed field goal return touchdown in his NFL career. There’s never been a kick returner like him, and at age 28, Hester is showing no signs of slowing down.

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23 Responses to “Bears find it “shocking” anyone kicks to Devin Hester”
  1. failcopter says: Oct 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    The Raiders also find it shocking that anyone kicks to Jacoby Ford.

    It’s a kickoff. They can’t exactly kick it out of bounds.

  2. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    I find it “Shocking” that the Bears ever put him anywhere besides kick returner.

  3. dealer009 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:14 AM

    Jacoby Ford just got his 4th kickoff return in his 20th career game during his second season with the Oakland Raiders. He’s 24.

  4. packfaninchitown says: Oct 17, 2011 10:16 AM

    Bears find it “shocking” anyone kicks to Devin Hester
    So do the Packers, even McCarthy respects Hester’s return abilities…

  5. glennsyank13 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:19 AM

    Anywhere besides returner? Probably should have used that line a different week to be honest….

  6. bspurloc says: Oct 17, 2011 10:22 AM

    and everyone else in the world find it “SHOCKING” the bears made him into a receiver not allowing him to return punts/kicks anymore…….

  7. alewatcher says: Oct 17, 2011 10:24 AM

    Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    I find it “Shocking” that the Bears ever put him anywhere besides kick returner.


    Didn’t Hester have five receptions for 91 yards, including a TD?

  8. doug1grohlin says: Oct 17, 2011 10:27 AM

    Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    I find it “Shocking” that the Bears ever put him anywhere besides kick returner.
    Yeah those five catches for 91 yards and a TD really screwed us!

    I’m just messin’ around. I don’t think he will do that every week.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 17, 2011 10:27 AM

    Why would anyone find it shocking that teams do not shy away from kicking it to him on kickoffs?

    He has been in the league for 5 years. So he is averaging one TD a YEAR on kickoffs. So any given team has a 1 in 16 chance of being that years victim. Given that the alternatives are unpalatable-squib kicks that give the Bears great starting position or kicking it out of bounds the choice is simple. You kick it out of the end zone or to Hester.

    Punts are a different animal. You have many more options and in that case it would be foolish (and not necessary) to kick to him

  10. tatatoothy says: Oct 17, 2011 10:37 AM

    I would say it’s more like flabbergasting…

  11. spacincasen says: Oct 17, 2011 10:40 AM


    Perhaps you should take into consideration the fact that Bears have had 2 other kick returners go to pro bowls since Hester has been in the league…..

    He hasn’t been doing kickoffs his whole career, which is why he is “only” averaging one kickoff a year.

  12. jutts says: Oct 17, 2011 10:40 AM


  13. La Milicia Negra says: Oct 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    yeah is shocking if you dont know hwat you are doing, I remember Raiders kicking to Hester, and totally controlled him. I guess first of all you need an elite punter, and great ST to control him..

  14. urlacher2000 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:52 AM

    clintonportisheadd – – – You make it sound like Hester isn’t a threat on kick-off returns (because he only has 5). The Bears were #1 in Average Starting Field Position last year. This is/was mainly due to VERY LONG kick-off returns that didn’t result in a Touchdown. This year, with the new rule change, the Bears are #30 in Average Starting Field Position.

  15. lgbarn says: Oct 17, 2011 11:05 AM

    I can pretty much guarrantee that he won’t be returning kickoffs against the Bucs. Get ready to bruise your knee with kneeldowns Devin.

  16. mineallmine001 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:11 AM

    packer fan..

    If it wasn’t for some klutz he would have one more on one of the best designed plays I’ve ever seen. That punt return decoy play was a thing of beauty!

  17. mineallmine001 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:12 AM

    Tom Coughlin approves this message!

  18. godofwine330 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:21 AM

    Deleting some of the items on my DVR to make room for Walking Dead Season 2, I passed by and watched NFLN’s Top 10 Players Not In the Hall of Fame. Among those on the list were WR/ST Ace Steve Tasker and Ray Guy. There was a considerable amount of supporters for both, as well as a lot of naysayers with “No Special Teamer should ever make the Hall of Fame.

    Growing up, I remember Tasker and how dominant he was. He was a 7-time Pro Bowler, a 4-time semi-finalist for the HOF, but I doubt he will ever get in. The same could be said for Guy who was a 7-time Pro Bowler, plus 3-time first team All-Pro with 7 HOF finalists votes to go along with 5 HOF semi-finalists.

    My question to all of you is: Could you see Devin Hester as a Hall of Famer? He is the absolute best at what he does, he has done it better than any player in history, but IMO, so has Tasker and Guy, and all three are Special Teams players.

    Should Devin Hester get into the HOF as a returner when he retires? (Thumbs up for yes, Thumbs down for no)

  19. eaglesandravens says: Oct 17, 2011 11:24 AM

    If I was lovie smith and saw the opposing team kick to hester, I would literally laugh out loud thinking in my mind “you fools”.

  20. bearsblow says: Oct 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    Regardledd of Hester or not 3rd place is where they will finish. NO PLAY-OFFS

  21. philtration says: Oct 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    It does not matter what the score of the game is or what I am doing at the moment.

    I always stop and watch when Hester is going to return a kick.

  22. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    here’s an even better question: why do the vikings put Booker back to field their kicks? Harvin should be back there every sinlge time. if you’re not going to use him on offense, atleast put him back to field kicks.


  23. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 17, 2011 11:54 AM

    I think Ryan Longwell may have jumped the shark. He’s missed a field goal in two straight games and he can’t kick it deep in the end zone.

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