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Devin Hester named special teamer of the week for 13th time

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Devin Hester now has a baker’s dozen NFC special teams player of the week awards.

The NFL announced Hester is this week’s recipient of the honor, extending Hester’s lead in the number of weekly special teams awards he’s won over everyone else who has ever played the game of football.

Hester earned the award this week with kickoff returns of 76 and 80 yards in a 31-30 victory over the Vikings. He accumulated 249 yards on kickoffs for the day, a busy day of work after getting only one return opportunity in Week One against the Bengals. Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to open the game, so there may have been something in the water in Chicago last weekend.

The Bears stripped Hester of any role as a wide receiver this season, making him strictly a special teamer in hopes that it would boost his production as a returner. The early results are pretty good on that front.

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45 Responses to “Devin Hester named special teamer of the week for 13th time”
  1. jojopuppyfish says: Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Compare Hester to Nolan Ryan:
    Nolan Ryan had 6 no hitters….but how many 1 hitters, 2 hitters 3 hitters, etc. did he have.
    When we look back on Hester’s career, its not just the 19 TD returns that we should look at. Its all those 30+ yard returns did he have. The avg field position he puts the bears in whether he returns it or kicks away from him is ridiculous.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 18, 2013 1:32 PM

    Someone, I think it was a viking fan, said that if not for the rain, we aren’t having this conversation because the vikes would have crushed the bears.

  3. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 1:33 PM

    Where are all the folks who’ve been calling for Hester’s release all offseason??

    The great KRs in the game were great past 30. Eric Metcalf, Mel Gray, Brian Mitchell. Hester destroyed all of their numbers.

    I think we are in for a 3-4 TD season from him.

  4. dezno24 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    He will return a KO once he plays in a dome. He will return a punt once he quits looking at the people coming at him and instead take off when he catches the ball.

  5. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    @Carl, I can only imagine.

    Bottom line, the Vikings are, who we thought they were. (maybe a 6-10 team)

  6. Waffle 2.0 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    If the team just would have won the game they would not have lost.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 1:36 PM

    there may have been something in the water in Chicago last weekend.
    ______

    It wasn’t that there was something in the water, it was that the water was on the field! Neither kicker could get good footing on kickoffs. If it weren’t for the rain, Devin Hester’s name wouldn’t have been mentioned on Sunday.

  8. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    @dezno24

    Good thing you are here to coach Hester on fielding punts. I mean he only has the most punt return TDs in league history.

    Under your teachings, sky is the limit!

  9. pdillon1 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    Want a gauge of if someone really understands football? Ask them about the value of Devin Hester and if they say something like…

    “Well why would a guy make the HOF for only scoring 19 TDs in his career?” or “What’s the big deal about a guy that only touches the ball a few times a game?”

    Then understand at that moment that you’re talking to the football dumb and someone that you should never listen to about football again.

    In a league that has all but eliminated the kick return, the Bears received the ball on the game winning drive at the 33 yard line on a because the Vikings didn’t want to kick to Devin Hester. He didn’t have to touch the ball or score on a return to help win the game! Not many players in league history can say that and that’s how feared and great Devin Hester truly is.

  10. jazsrt says: Sep 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:36 PM
    there may have been something in the water in Chicago last weekend.
    ______

    It wasn’t that there was something in the water, it was that the water was on the field! Neither kicker could get good footing on kickoffs. If it weren’t for the rain, Devin Hester’s name wouldn’t have been mentioned on Sunday.

    __________________________________

    Thanks for the laugh, Rick.

  11. dezno24 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    @thedano

    go back and look at all his punt returns. just about everyone he catches the ball, already mentally beat the closest one to him and goes w/o hesitation. now he catches, stop, analyze, spins and get caught or heads to the sideline.

  12. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Sep 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    @Carl … If it wasn’t for the rain??? What kind if lame excuse is that? Did it magically just rain on the visitors sideline?

    No wonder you guys play in a dome.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    You can all laugh and thumbs down all you want, but can anyone remember another game where Blair Walsh didn’t put every kickoff through the end zone? Hester got every kickoff at the goal line Sunday. Under normal conditions, he doesn’t return more than one of those kickoffs. I’m sure Robbie Gould doesn’t typically line drive his kickoffs, which allowed Patterson to return his for a TD. Sorry to use logic on you guys; I know it probably hurts.

  14. AD2K5 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    Take it easy on Carl, guys, he’s actually a packer fan just reporting on a viking fan – not sure why… Carl is a little … different … so we typically just use soothing words around him.

  15. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    @dezno24

    I think, as the greatest to ever do what he does, that we probably aren’t qualified to tell him how to carry himself on punt returns. How many punt returns have you seen this season?? 3-4? How about wait for some sample size. He’s always been a better PR than KR. He also has been a player that if he gets into a groove, look out.

    We don’t need to coach the greatest from the PFT chat board area.

  16. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    I’m sorry, he has 2 punt returns this year.

    Good breakdown dezno24.

  17. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    @Rick Spielman.

    Don’t worry about the weather, which you just admitted helped the Vikings too. Worry about the holes on your team. Weak QB play, weak WR play, weak secondary play. Plenty to worry about there. Can’t control the weather.

  18. jazsrt says: Sep 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:58 PM
    You can all laugh and thumbs down all you want, but can anyone remember another game where Blair Walsh didn’t put every kickoff through the end zone? Hester got every kickoff at the goal line Sunday. Under normal conditions, he doesn’t return more than one of those kickoffs. I’m sure Robbie Gould doesn’t typically line drive his kickoffs, which allowed Patterson to return his for a TD. Sorry to use logic on you guys; I know it probably hurts.

    _________________________________

    Don’t kick to Hester.

    There’s some more logic for you.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    @AD2K5

    I don’t need your help. And AD2K5? Ha. More like AD978.

  20. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:58 PM
    You can all laugh and thumbs down all you want, but can anyone remember another game where Blair Walsh didn’t put every kickoff through the end zone? Hester got every kickoff at the goal line Sunday. Under normal conditions, he doesn’t return more than one of those kickoffs. I’m sure Robbie Gould doesn’t typically line drive his kickoffs, which allowed Patterson to return his for a TD. Sorry to use logic on you guys; I know it probably hurts.

    ___________________________________

    It’s not logic, It’s RAGE because you can’t deal with reality. Which is, Devin Hester is the best return man of all time(regardless of your pathetic weather/field condition excuse) and the Bears won which stings even worse! Sorry Rick, but you look very desperate and upset over the Bears victory, simple fact of reality right there buddy! Go Bears!

  21. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 2:29 PM

    @Carl

    It’s 5 o’clock somewhere……right

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 18, 2013 2:33 PM

    He won’t win it again this week. But not from lack of opportunities, as the Steelers will be kicking off many, many times in this game.

  23. bdnnbd says: Sep 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    I would give this to Patterson over Hester 10 times out of 10.

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 2:44 PM

    @thedano -

    I’m not worried about a thing. Maybe you should be worried that your team beat such a terrible team by only one point and you needed it to rain to do it.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 2:47 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says:Sep 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:58 PM
    You can all laugh and thumbs down all you want, but can anyone remember another game where Blair Walsh didn’t put every kickoff through the end zone? Hester got every kickoff at the goal line Sunday. Under normal conditions, he doesn’t return more than one of those kickoffs. I’m sure Robbie Gould doesn’t typically line drive his kickoffs, which allowed Patterson to return his for a TD. Sorry to use logic on you guys; I know it probably hurts.

    ___________________________________

    It’s not logic, It’s RAGE because you can’t deal with reality. Which is, Devin Hester is the best return man of all time(regardless of your pathetic weather/field condition excuse) and the Bears won which stings even worse! Sorry Rick, but you look very desperate and upset over the Bears victory, simple fact of reality right there buddy! Go Bears!
    ______

    You’re the one using the exclamation points. Good luck winning in a dome.

  26. jazsrt says: Sep 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 18, 2013 2:33 PM
    He won’t win it again this week. But not from lack of opportunities, as the Steelers will be kicking off many, many times in this game.

    ________________________________

    Looks like we found the Steelers version of “Logicalvoicesays”

    Good for you man. I’m just glad your idiotic non-sense doesn’t include hashtags.

  27. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:00 PM

    us viking fans kept saying dont kick to hester but they dont listen sigh

  28. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    @Rick Spielman

    I’m not worried about the Bears. They are perfect but should compete for a playoff spot. I’m happy with the direction the organization is moving from the previous regime.

    But I won’t after losses be crying about the weather, or going on other teams articles to whine and cry. That’s silly.

    The Vikings were only that close because the Bears tried to give them the game. Like I said, they aren’t perfect. But even with those gifts, 1 KR TD and 3 TOs, the Vikings couldn’t sell the deal. The Vikings are a 6-10 team at best.

  29. fb96 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    Rick Spielman is a magician–

    Well, since you were magnanimous enough to mention that Patterson’s TD was probably made possible by the rain as well, and when you consider that Hester didn’t score a TD himself, but the Bears actually had to rely on their offense for those scores, subtract 7 points from Minnesota’s score and the Bears win by 8 rather than 1. You know what? Maybe if the ball wasn’t wet, Cutler doesn’t fumble and Minnesota doesn’t score there either. Subtract another 7. Bears win by 15. That’s your logic.

  30. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    *aren’t perfect

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:06 PM

    Viking fans have been perfecting lame excuses for over 50 years.

  32. fb96 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    bdnnbd, you’d give the ball to a rookie over the best returner of all time, 10 times out of 10? I wish Minnesota made you their head coach–the Bears could then count on at least 2 wins a year.

  33. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:10 PM

    do you ever have anything nice to say about the vikings filthy I know you are a packer fan

  34. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 3:12 PM

    Oh the Vikings…..

    Ponder is terrible, a projected 2nd round pick that they jumped at in the top half of round 1.

    They lose Harvin and sign Greg Jennings to a bloated contract. Way above his value, he’s beaten up and broken down at this point. AND there is no one to get him the ball anyways.

    Then they start this AP for 2500 stuff. LOL. That’s about the only way they could go 10-6 again is if he approaches 2500 yards. If he just has an awesome season, 1600……they’ll be 6-10.

    No wonder Rick Spielman is crying about the weather up there. With so many hopes and prayers for the season……they need everything to be just perfect.

  35. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:35 PM

    he is missing his lead blocker thedano felton will be back when they play the steelers

  36. larryboodry says: Sep 18, 2013 3:36 PM

    Well-deserved award for Hester…And if not for the rain, maybe he scores on one or two of those returns. Logic, indeed.

  37. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 3:59 PM

    @vikingfan

    I wasn’t saying anything bad about AP, other than 2500 yard expectations are silly.

    What I am saying is if he’s just awesome this year and puts up 1600 yards on the ground, realistic estimate…..they are a 6-10 team. With or without Felton.

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    I think if you go back and look at my original post, I didn’t make any excuses for the Vikings losing. I just pointed out that Hester wouldn’t have won this award if it hadn’t rained. I’m not sure how it’s possible to argue with that, given that the rain prevented Walsh from kicking the ball through the end zone.

    And for those of you who can’t understand why they would kick to Hester, it’s kind of hard to kick away from the returner on a kickoff.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 4:13 PM

    larryboodry says:Sep 18, 2013 3:36 PM

    Well-deserved award for Hester…And if not for the rain, maybe he scores on one or two of those returns. Logic, indeed.
    ______

    I didn’t mention this before because it sounds like an excuse, but if you watched the game you would have noticed Vikings slipping all over the place on those returns. Most likely the returns are shorter but for that.

  40. thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 4:35 PM

    @Rick Spielman

    Why are you spending so much time arguing what ifs, that can’t be proven or not?? It did rain, he did return it, he did win the award. Move on.

    It’s not like Hester hasn’t toasted the Vikings in the past (more TD returns vs the Vikings than any other team in the league).

  41. larryboodry says: Sep 18, 2013 4:35 PM

    Rick, Hester also slipped during his returns, so it’s a wash…And also a silly argument from either side. Both teams played in the same conditions, both teams played hard, Bears won in dramatic fashion. Time to move on to the next game.

  42. fb96 says: Sep 18, 2013 6:29 PM

    larryboodry–absolutely right. It’s not like the rain fell only where the Vikings were–not only did Hester have to run (and react to what the Vikings were doing), the Bears had to block on those returns too.

  43. ablack1 says: Sep 18, 2013 7:47 PM

    The rain excuse is lame. If the field were bad, it would favor the most sure-footed athletes, and if anything give a competitive advantage to A.P.

  44. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 18, 2013 9:30 PM

    I am a viking fan and did not blame the rain, it did make for an interesting game though and it was a sit on the edge of your seat game not all one sided either way.

  45. beardownfromcali says: Sep 20, 2013 5:06 PM

    I could be mistaken, but didn’t Hester fall on the last one due to slippery conditions. I think he brings one back for TD if it wasn’t raining. My 0.02.

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