Devin Hester Announces Retirement from NFL After 11-Year Career

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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 can relive some of the greatest moments from Hester's collegiate and National Football League career - which included stints with the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks - below.

Hester is a four-time Pro Bowl player and three-time First Team All-Pro.

There would be no late return for the man whose thrilling, game-changing ability earned the description of "ridiculous" during his greatest years with the Bears.

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Hester holds the National Football League record for the most punt and kick returns for touchdown in National Football League history with 19.

Perhaps the biggest name sharing his perspective on Hester was Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who told a touching story about the time he first met the Windy City Flyer. The Colts kicked away from him the rest of the game. With a 108 yard touchdown off a missed field goal return in 2006, Hester totals 20 return TDs. Hester's career average of 11.73 yards per return is the highest among that group; among players with at least 200 punt returns, it's fourth - still a sign of remarkable consistency over an 11-year career. No other player has more than 10.

We can also compare Hester's career numbers with those of Brian Mitchell, considered the best kick returner of a previous generation. He should be put into the Hall of Fame twice too. 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. Because the scope of his greatness is largely limited to his special teams play, the body of work, although quite impressive, is not as well-rounded as other players who may also be up for possible induction.

Hester is a Hall of Fame talent, but that is no guarantee that will end with him being a Hall of Fame player.

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