Devin Hester, special teams tormenter of the Lions and National Football League, officially retires

Posted December 15, 2017

Hester made an immediate impact as a Bears rookie in 2006, setting an National Football League single-season record with five kick return touchdowns and then eclipsing the mark with six TDs in 2007. Eric Metcalf is second on that career list with 10.

Hester had 14 punt returns for touchdowns along with five kickoff returns that also resulted in the end zone. He returned a missed field goal for a touchdown, too, giving him 20 total non-offensive touchdowns - another National Football League record.

- The first person to ever return the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl for a touchdown.

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Hester made history at The U as the first Hurricane to play offense, defense and special teams during his time in Coral Gables from 2003-05. Hester's impact wasn't only limited to his first couple years in the league; he was consistently outstanding for almost a decade.

Hester took to Twitter to announce his retirement.

In his second time ever facing Minnesota back during a 2006 matchup in Chicago, Hester stood back to receive a punt in the second quarter of a game that had yet to see points put up on the board. If you look at my stats and the position I played, you just go and type in best returner of all time, apparently my name's going to pop in the top two every time. From 2011 through 2016, there were 49 kicks returned for a touchdown; in the previous six seasons, 95 kicks were returned for scores, four of which were by Hester.

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The All-2000s team already includes 12 Hall of Fame players (including Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp, and Jason Taylor) and one more coach (Tony Dungy), and there will undoubtedly be more adding to the list in the years to come.

But a prior aversion to special teamers shouldn't be what keeps Hester out of Canton.

"In the return game, the kind of production he had was very, very hard", coach John Fox said.

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BC-FBN-Hester Retires, 154Kick return ace Devin Hester retires from NFLAP Photo NY165, NY167, NY166, NY162, NY164, NY163, NY161Eds: APNewsNow. "You type in the best running back of all time; I'm pretty sure he's in the Hall of Fame".