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.