#FeedonThis: Jarrett Payton reflects on the career of Devin Hester

Devin Hester retired Tuesday

Hester was the most decorated and risky return man in the league for almost a decade, making four Pro Bowls and being named first-team All-Pro three times. If the league is to be considered the ultimate team sport, special teams standouts such as Hester deserve their spot in Canton.

He played for Baltimore and Seattle last season but hadn't played this year.

Devin Hester announced his retirement Tuesday morning, officially ending the career of the best return man the National Football League has seen - and you can't argue that.

Hester made his name with the Chicago Bears.




Besides returning kicks and punts, Hester was a defensive back at Miami, but after his rookie year, the Bears used him as a receiver. He made an impact on the game just by standing on the field and being Devin Hester. "I'll always remember the noise y'all made whenever I hit open turf at Soldier [Field] - never heard anything quite like it", Hester wrote. In a post on social media, the 35-year-old Hester says he realized it was time.

He remains the only player to return the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl for a touchdown after his 92-yard runback with the Chicago Bears against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. I'd also like to especially thank Coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting the whole thing started... So, the next morning as we're going to the game, I told the team I hope we lose the toss because if we do, we're going to kick it right down the middle to Hester. He finished his career with 16 receiving touchdowns. He was a legitimate weapon for the Bears every Sunday who could put up points and improve the team's field position.

Hester changed the way people viewed special teams.

Mitchell's aggregate numbers are higher by virtue of sheer volume: He had 460 more kickoff/punt returns than Hester. "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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