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54. Devin Hester
Special Teams has a major struggle to get recognized in Canton, Ohio, but do we have a case with Devin Hester who with the reduction of kickoff returns in the NFL could be the last great returner ever?  Some have even said he is the best ever.

That is the perception of Hester that will have to be accurate if he has any chance to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Hester unquestionably altered the way teams would do kickoffs and punts, far more so than anyone else in his era.  He holds the record for the most return Touchdowns of all-time (19) and is a three-time First Team All-Pro.  Chicago Bears fans certainly know how many games Hester won for them and the Hall of Fame voters were all based around Lake Michigan he might have a shot.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Riviera Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2022
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Games Played: 156
  • Notable Statistics: 255 Receptions
    3,311 Receiving Yards
    16 Receiving Touchdowns
    36 Rushing Attempts
    116 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown
    315 Punt Returns
    3,695 Punt Return Yards
    14 Punt Return Touchdowns
    295 Kick Returns
    7,333 Kick Return Yards
    5 Kick Return Touchdowns
    55 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    2 Receptions
    4 Receiving Yards
    13 Punt Returns
    83 Punt Return Yards
    15 Kick Returns
    428 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
  • Played For: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 57th Overall in 2006
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Super Bowl Rings (None)
    NFL 100th Anniversary Team
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro (3) (2006, 2007 & 2010)
    Second Team All-Pro (1) (2011)
    Pro Bowl Selections (4) (2006, 2007, 2010 & 2014)
    All-Rookie (2006)
    Most Kick Returns (2) (2013 & 2014)
    Most Kick Return Yards (2) (2013 & 2014)
    Most Punt Returns (1) (2006)
    Most Punt Return Yards (2) (2006 & 2010)
    Most Yards/Punt Return (2) (2010 & 2011)
    Most Returns (1) (2014)
    Most Return Yards (2) (2013 & 2014)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (2) (2013 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Returns (2) (2013 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (2) (2013 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Kick Return (3) (2006, 2012 & 2013)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (5) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (5) (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (4) (2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011)
    Top Ten Finishes: Returns (6) (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Return Yards (4) (2007, 2011, 2013 & 2014)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 1. Non-Offensive Touchdowns: 19
    1. Punt Return Touchdowns: 14
    8. Yards per Punt Return: 11.7
    8. Return Yards: 11,028
    9. Returns: 610
    3. Punt Return Yards: 3,695
    5. Punt Returns: 315
    12. Kick Return Yards: 7,333
    12. Kick Returns: 295
    46. All-Purpose Yards: 14,455
    72. Yards per Kick Return: 24.9

Should Devin Hester be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
Last modified on Sunday, 20 March 2022 03:17

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