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Devin Hester says he’s NFL’s best all-around player

Chicago Bears' Hester carries the ball against the Detroit Lions during their NFL football game in Detroit Reuters

Devin Hester will call a new city home next season after spending the first eight years of his career in Chicago.

Hester is confident it won’t take long for him to find a new team to play for and art of the reason for that confidence is how highly he thinks of his abilities on the field. Hester spoke to Emerson Lotzia ESPN 106.3 FM in West Palm Beach, Fla. ahead of free agency and said he feels he’s the league’s best all-around player.

“Me,” Hester stated bluntly when asked. “I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver, I can play running back, and I can play a little bit of safety, as well as kickoff and punt returner.”

Hester has been an outstanding kick and punt returner but has had trouble finding a consistent home on either offense or defense. He began his career as a cornerback before switching sides of the ball to play receiver as well for the Bears. His best season offensively came in 2009 when he caught 57 passes for 757 yards and three touchdowns.

However, he’s never been a top-level player as anything other than a return specialist.

Despite a somewhat overly inflated opinion of his talents, Hester is still a valuable player that can be an asset to the right team.

Hester claims he has “at least 15 teams” already interested in him and it will be a matter of finding the team that provides the best fit.

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61 Responses to “Devin Hester says he’s NFL’s best all-around player”
  1. midwayroar54 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:12 AM

    Best of Luck Hester we will miss you!!! Thank you for all the RIDICULOUS punt and kick returns!!

  2. mrlaloosh says: Mar 11, 2014 1:13 AM

    Saints. Done deal.

  3. sdcameron says: Mar 11, 2014 1:19 AM

    I like Hester, but as a GM I would be hesitant to offer more than a 1-year veteran minimum deal to a guy who is older and has no true position.

  4. stevent92 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:21 AM

    “I agree. Hester is the best all-around player in the NFL.”
    –No one

  5. sundaysundaysunday says: Mar 11, 2014 1:21 AM

    Percy Harvin…..when healthy

  6. 12thlegion says: Mar 11, 2014 1:24 AM

    The kind of player PC/JS would love to try out, providing he’s willing to be paid as an “experiment” and nothing more.

  7. slaugin says: Mar 11, 2014 1:25 AM

    If Edleman walks I could see the Pats making a run

  8. kkellzz says: Mar 11, 2014 1:29 AM

    Right!!! Hester you had your run and you were my favorite player but comments like this make me glad the bears let you go. Greatest returner ever but that’s where the sentence ends.

  9. thenewguy12 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:32 AM

    Being a jack of all trades and master of none hardly makes you the best all around player Devin.

  10. stygiansteel says: Mar 11, 2014 1:36 AM

    I can play receiver, corner, back, and safety too, but that doesn’t mean I’m any good at it. He has never shown much in anything other than the return game. Pretty much a dedicated special teamer, but he is truly exceptional at returns and points on special teams can give a good team that extra edge to make them great. He might be more of a luxury than the best all around player/free agent but I wouldn’t overlook him either. Special teams are too often neglected. My Eagles don’t have much of a return game right now so I’d have no problem with them signing him at the right price.

  11. slaugin says: Mar 11, 2014 1:38 AM

    I could see the Pats making a run if they lose Julien Edleman. Can be a productive slot guy and dangerous special teamer. Jack of all trades Is BB soft spot

  12. amazingguy101 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:41 AM

    As likely as one player vs 11 players to be best around player maybe he was in the past but no longer

  13. GenXJay says: Mar 11, 2014 1:46 AM

    Hester is a renaissance man when it comes contract season.

  14. alldonesmith says: Mar 11, 2014 1:46 AM

    Thanks for the laugh, Devin. I needed that.

  15. larryboodry says: Mar 11, 2014 1:47 AM

    He’s gotta quit smoking the stuff Sam Hurd used to sell.

  16. omniscient48 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:51 AM

    He is certainly the NFL’s most delusional player.

  17. seatownballers says: Mar 11, 2014 1:54 AM

    I like the confidence. And I am the smartest

  18. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 11, 2014 1:59 AM

    However, he’s never been a top-level player as anything other than a return specialist.

    _________________

    Yup and he hasn’t been relevant at that in the last two years.

  19. vikingsftw says: Mar 11, 2014 2:01 AM

    ..in other news …the price of “sniffing glue” is at an all time low in Chicago in 2014..

  20. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 11, 2014 2:01 AM

    Hester claims he has “at least 15 teams” already interested in him and it will be a matter of finding the team that provides the best fit.
    ___________________________

    What’s the going rate for a return man these days?

    Because I’d say we’ve had the highest paid one in NFL history and he was lucky to get that.

    I bet Lovie would love to overpay him.

  21. acorp11 says: Mar 11, 2014 2:07 AM

    Paging Percy Harvin..

  22. thevza says: Mar 11, 2014 2:10 AM

    As a Bears fan, it will make me sick to my stomach to imagine Hester returning kicks against Chicago. Can you imagine if he goes to a division rival and breaks the record this year while playing da Bears? Youch.

  23. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 2:16 AM

    LMAO! Hester is just a wannabe Percy Harvin.

  24. comatrip1 says: Mar 11, 2014 2:18 AM

    HA!

  25. imthedudedude says: Mar 11, 2014 2:23 AM

    I’m sorry Dev, but that honor now belongs to Patrick Peterson.

  26. dodohead418 says: Mar 11, 2014 2:31 AM

    Really WR? You have been down this road before.

  27. naes says: Mar 11, 2014 2:38 AM

    Love the swagger. Hopefully it’s just that and not dementia.

  28. Vim says: Mar 11, 2014 2:40 AM

    Devin Beat-My-Own Chester!!

  29. provguard says: Mar 11, 2014 2:41 AM

    That’s cool. I’m the best all around fan…. Strange us meeting here?

  30. firedup1 says: Mar 11, 2014 2:51 AM

    And 14 calls were prank phone calls.

  31. favresweiner says: Mar 11, 2014 3:07 AM

    Pshh, ya. And Grizzly Adams had a beard…

  32. dickshotdogs says: Mar 11, 2014 3:09 AM

    Okay.

  33. ishallcomment says: Mar 11, 2014 3:21 AM

    just because you CAN play many positions, doesn;t mean your any good at them.

  34. acmepackers says: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 AM

    He’ll sign a very modest deal. $2-3M per year MAX. Even that is outrageous for a return specialist.

  35. dobe420 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:41 AM

    It’s not a surprise his best season was when Jay got there and that year provided that he’s no number one reciever. Lovie just couldn’t see that, kick returners shouldn’t be 3 of the top 4 receivers. And that’s why he needed to be shown the door, good luck Tampa maybe he’s learned from his offensive mistakes.

  36. jtylert says: Mar 11, 2014 3:52 AM

    No one is quite at his elite level of being not-very-good at so many aspects of the game.

  37. homerhanky82 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:02 AM

    except cant play WR

  38. rationalitybias says: Mar 11, 2014 4:34 AM

    You couldn’t play corner, failed as a receiver, and used to return kicks and punts.

  39. rukkus1 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:47 AM

    I forgot he used to be a cb

  40. daaabears says: Mar 11, 2014 6:14 AM

    I have to say there were many times he had beat his receiver by 3 to 4 yards and Cutler totally missed him ( by 5 to 6 yards).
    Not a bonafied receiver, I know, but useful if used properly.

  41. kansacity88 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:36 AM

    LMAO!!!!!! Corner!! Hahahahaaa!!!!!!!

  42. RoyHobbs39 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:36 AM

    I can play all those positions also. Can I play them well? That’s a different question.

  43. sned560 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:36 AM

    i think someone needs to have a random drug test

  44. h3min1230 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:40 AM

    His former ST coach is in Kansas City.

    Dexter McCluster is a free agent.

    Hmmm,,

  45. jlopez856 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:00 AM

    This guy is crazy

  46. jimmysee says: Mar 11, 2014 7:04 AM

    We like Devin — hope he finds a good home!

    In a warmer climate than Chicago!

  47. 4dabears says: Mar 11, 2014 7:06 AM

    Safe to say this guy is delusional.

  48. youngs79 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:14 AM

    Good One!

  49. ravenswhat says: Mar 11, 2014 7:18 AM

    Wow, he took more hits to the head during those returns than I thought he did.

  50. wyrdawg says: Mar 11, 2014 7:24 AM

    “Me,” Hester stated bluntly when asked. “I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver, I can play running back, and I can play a little bit of safety, as well as kickoff and punt returner.

    Brother…

  51. jpk6044 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:28 AM

    Mr Hester should be tested immediately.

  52. discountdoublecheck says: Mar 11, 2014 7:32 AM

    Lol you can do exactly one of those things Devin. You’re the best ever at it, but you’re older and no one is going to pay you like a WR/CB/S, not should they. Enjoy your likely final contract of your career, you’ve certainly earned it. But you’re a special teamer and nothing more.

  53. majikwen says: Mar 11, 2014 7:41 AM

    Wow he is stupid !!! Did he even see the inside of a classroom in high school or college ?

  54. 15starr says: Mar 11, 2014 7:48 AM

    Hahaha

  55. till3r says: Mar 11, 2014 7:51 AM

    He could not play any of the positions listed beside kick and punt returner. Nice attempt to sell himself though.

  56. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 11, 2014 9:32 AM

    Lol. Wow.

    >

  57. stanleyhalas says: Mar 11, 2014 9:59 AM

    Hester will always be a bear to me. Love watching that man with the ball in his hands. I hope he gets a chance to be a Percy harvin type somewhere. He absolutely has that ability

  58. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 11, 2014 10:38 AM

    Devin, I love you man, but come on! I think Matt Forte has you beat there, among others. Maybe restate that you are the best Return man in the NFL!!! That works, much better!

  59. 2difshoe says: Mar 11, 2014 10:52 AM

    Devin forgot to add ‘ comedian’ to the list.

  60. chicagosports1313 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:31 AM

    As a Chicago resident & lifetime Bears fan, I’ll say that Hester WAS exciting to watch as a return man. As a wr, not so much. Sure he has the speed, but he doesn’t know how to run routes.
    As for the NFLs best all-around player, Devin isn’t even in the top 3. Probably not even anywhere near the top 10.
    In my opinion, the #1 best all around player is probably Darren Sproles. The man can do it all. And he does it well!

  61. stevendcanady says: Mar 14, 2014 7:34 AM

    I like Devin Hester and wish that he would have stayed with the Bears, but he wasn’t the best WR on Special Teams.

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