Former Bears star Hester retires from NFL

Former Bears star Hester retires from NFL

- Three first-team All-Pro seasons and four Pro Bowls from 2006-2014.

"Everybody was talking about Devin all week long and we talked about it Saturday night", said Toub, now the Chiefs special teams coordinator. He took three punts back for touchdowns that year, and also averaged 35.58 yards per kick return, the sixth-highest single-season average of any player to return at least 10 kicks in a given year. He holds National Football League records for total return touchdowns (20), punt return touchdowns (14) and total return touchdowns in a season (six in 2007).

There was once a time when the Chicago Bears had the most electrifying player in the NFL.

Whether you believe Hester is retiring this year for the first time or not, his retirement is pretty significant. His return of the Super Bowl XLI opening kickoff remains one of the iconic moments in Bears history.

Despite the loss, Hester made his immediate mark on the game. "I grew into a man, built a family and became who I am today in the city of Chicago".

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"I'd also especially like to thank Coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting this whole thing started".

After leaving the Bears following the 2013 season, Hester played for the Falcons (2014-15), Ravens (2016) and Seahawks (2016).

Hester would go on to score a total of 10 touchdowns in the 16 times he faced the Vikings during his career. In his final career game, he averaged 38.8 yards on five kickoff returns for Seattle in a playoff loss to the Falcons on January 14, 2017. That's one of the incredible plays which may end up earning the former Bears' kick returned a spot in Canton.

Special teams returners often get overlooked when being up for consideration to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the voters will have never been faced with a returner with the accolades Hester will bring to the table. "You type in the best running back of all time; I'm pretty sure he's in the Hall of Fame".

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