Devin Hester plans to retire

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The best return man in NFL history is planning to call it a career.

Devin Hester said after the Seahawks’ loss to the Falcons on Saturday that it was probably his last game.

“I told my wife this is pretty much my last year,” Hester told reporters after the game. “I was hoping for a run to the Super Bowl. The only thing that I left out of this game is walking away without getting a ring. It’s tough.”

Hester played a great game in his swan song. He returned five kickoffs for 194 yards and also had an 80-yard punt return called back by a penalty.

No player has ever been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame solely as a return man, but Hester has a case for it: He owns the NFL record for combined kick return touchdowns, with 20, the NFL record for punt return touchdowns, with 14, and the NFL record for return touchdowns in a season, with six.

59 responses to “Devin Hester plans to retire

  1. It’s past time for the HOF to stop blatantly ignoring great special teams play. Between Hester retiring now, Vinatieri retiring in a few years, and the slew of great kickers left out currently, it’s something they’ll have to address.

  2. Yes he should be in the HOF.
    Don’t just count the TD returns.
    Count all of the 20+ yard punt returns.
    Count all of those KO returns that almost went for tds.
    He scared other teams that they would kick the ball out of bounds rather than have him return.

  3. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:54 AM

    Where Are all the clowns that said he was done?

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    They all live in Baltimore where we’ve learned this year that no one can fair catch a ball like Devin Hester.

    We hope Devin and Seattle have enjoyed their two extra weeks of football this year.

  4. If Lovie Smith had not tried to turn him into a WR he would have had many more return TDs for the Bears and would be a lead-pipe lock for HOF. As it is, he may still get in eventually but it could take awhile. In any event congrats to him on a very successful career. Back when the Bears were still relevant he was a lot of fun to watch.

  5. Most definitely should be in the HOF.

    You’re talking about a player that for close to a decade would have you stop what you’re doing anytime he was back to catch a punt or a kick.

    Heck, even yesterday at his age 34 I found myself excited to see him field punts and kicks. (And he didn’t disappoint)

    Field position is a big part of the game, and more one was better than giving his offense great field position.

  6. I’m wondering why Hester would want to retire. Did you see him return those kickoffs against Atlanta? He doesn’t look like he’s lost a thing, and he appears to be as fast and shifty as ever.

  7. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:54 AM
    Where Are all the clowns that said he was done?

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    Right here. And he is done, he just announced his retirement.

  8. He is done. You look like the big red nose clown here with that opening comment. Read the article.

    If Brian Mitchell who was equally as good as a returner and won a Superbowl isn’t in, Hester doesn’t belong either.

  9. This dude is done anyway. Hell of a career, but he obviously doesn’t care enough to put in the effort during the regular season anymore. Go enjoy retirement.

  10. exinsidetrader says:
    Jan 15, 2017 7:04 AM

    “Refs robbed him of glory on one of those returns.”
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    The teammate that committed the penalty robbed him of it.

  11. exinsidetrader says:
    Jan 15, 2017 7:04 AM
    Refs robbed him of glory on one of those returns.

    Too bad he did not sign with the Pats this year.

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    He said he wanted a ring. Not a cheat sheet. He is too classy for that organization.

    And he didn’t get robbed by the refs. He got robbed by a teammate.

    Go anyone but Pats. I’m personally sick of Brady’s whining. This IS a contact sport.

  12. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:54 AM
    Where Are all the clowns that said he was done?

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    I’m right here. And I think Devin Hester himself seems to agree.

  13. I never complain about refs but they should have given him that punt return.. i understand that there may have been a penalty even though i didn’t see it.. i know it has to be so crushing to have a big play called back.. it seems like these days, half of all big plays are called back.. or i cant celebrate a play until 5 min after it’s been confirmed.. really a kill joy.

    But this is the consequences of HD, replays, multiple cameras, etc. We asked for it and now we are paying for it in now. I’m telling you, they hardly ever overturned plays before all this tech. Some calls where good calls and some where bad but mannn it just flowed better and was more exciting

  14. Refs robbed him lol. Not only was the holding call blatant, but Sherman held the gunner all the way down the field and the refs didn’t call that.

  15. Good luck and thank you for a great career. You are the best at your position. I watched you up close many a time. You were exciting to watch.
    It is too bad the refs in the NFL have become too mediocre.

  16. Returns are the most exciting part of the game. That is until the NFL messed with the rules to ensure the kicking team could smother most of them from even getting started. Should change the rules to ensure that every returner can receive the ball with a head of steam before defenders arrive. Let the team with no fear win this aspect of the game. Culturally we must be Spartans not a nation of hipster Neville Chamberlins. The whimpification and over litigation of the NFL is a sign of our society’s sickness and an invitation to the barbarians at our gate.

  17. Aside from winning the Super Bowl, this is the best time for him to go out. What an effort from someone that isn’t a spring chicken anymore. Hats off to him.

  18. He’s one of the best return guys, but he’s also part of the reason he doesn’t have a ring because he could/would do little else – which means his big salary has a disproportionately even higher impact on the overall team cap. And because he’s only good at returns, this has exaggerated his stats and impact.

    For Example, look at these career averages:
    D Hester: k-return av = 24.9yds, p-return av = 11.7yds
    Edelman: k-return av = 20.9yds, p-return av =11.7yds (yes, 11.7)
    But people don’t talk about Edelman in the same breath as Hester because Edelman is also one of the best slot receivers – and a real clutch-down bell-cow guy, who stepped up after Welker left the Pats but is still a backup returner. Edelman also has far more receiving yards than Hester, and less than half Hester’s fumbles.

    So would you rather Hester or Edelman filled your roster spot? No contest.

  19. stipez says:
    Jan 15, 2017 9:21 AM
    Patriot fans bring the Pats into EVERY post and wonder why people are tired of them.

    No actually like the 31 other owners they’re just sick of them winning.

  20. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:54 AM
    Where Are all the clowns that said he was done?

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    Why are you calling Devin Hester a clown as he announces he’s done?

  21. I loved Brian Mitchell…

    That being said…Please stop with the Mitchell was better than Hester Rhetoric..
    He wasnt.

    Mitchell is more comperable to Joe Cribbs…Both of whom were lesser returners than Devin Hester.

  22. But people don’t talk about Edelman in the same breath as Hester because Edelman is also one of the best slot receivers – and a real clutch-down bell-cow guy, who stepped up after Welker left the Pats but is still a backup returner. Edelman also has far more receiving yards than Hester, and less than half Hester’s fumbles.

    So would you rather Hester or Edelman filled your roster spot? No contest.
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    Hester had 17 offensive touchdowns to go along with his 20 return touchdowns. He was an average slot receiver and the best return man in the history of the game.

    Edelman had 24 offensive touchdowns and only 4 return touchdowns. He is a great slot receiver and a good return man.

    I don’t think it’s “no contest” as you say. You’re obviously a Pats fan so you would choose Edelman, but I think more people would rather take Hester since he is/was so dangerous every time he touched the ball. Not to mention that in his prime, the Bears offense would start with great field position because teams would kick out of bounds to avoid him.

  23. QCsteel55 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 9:33 AM
    I never complain about refs but they should have given him that punt return.. i understand that there may have been a penalty even though i didn’t see it.. i know it has to be so crushing to have a big play called back.. it seems like these days, half of all big plays are called back.. or i cant celebrate a play until 5 min after it’s been confirmed.. really a kill joy.

    But this is the consequences of HD, replays, multiple cameras, etc. We asked for it and now we are paying for it in now. I’m telling you, they hardly ever overturned plays before all this tech. Some calls where good calls and some where bad but mannn it just flowed better and was more exciting
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    The ref called the obvious holding as Seattles lineman tackled and pulled a Falcon to the ground on the line of scrimmage. Did it help the return? Doubtful. But, selective enforcement of the rules depending upon “it was a big play, so let it stand” encourages cheating and would put the refs into the position of deciding winners.

    Years ago, Seattle made the choice to play at edge of the rule book with continual holding and PI with the hopes that refs will not call every instance because that would slow the game down too much. This is an advantage in their house. too bad for them, they had to play on the road where refs don’t give the freebies.

  24. I admit I was one of those who said he lost a step. Just makes him good instead of great. HOF because he made teams scheme to shut him down.

    Giving your team a short field makes the offense run better.

  25. If he does retire, he certainly went out with a doozy of a game. He gave the Seahawks some great field position. It wasn’t his fault special teams snafus resulted in two of his returns being brought back.

  26. It seemed that entire game changed on that holding penalty. It was a legit call.

    Makes you wonder if that penalty didn’t happen, or was missed, if the game turns out the same way, or turns in to a first half shoot out.

    Just kind of shows you how momentum of a game can completely change on one play.

    That Richardson kid for Seattle. He needs to be their starting #2 or #3 receiver.

  27. Love Hester. He was a game changer for the Bears. He single handedly won several games for them over the years. Including a couple during the 2006 run to the Superbowl and of course housing the opening kickoff of that Superbowl.

    He could of had the punt return TD record smashed too if it wasn’t for penalties that called back multiple TDs and I cant remember how many times he got tackled or taken out of bound by the damn kicker. I would love to see a stat on that.

    Thanks for the memories Windy City Flier!

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