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Yeah, here are some of his records from Wikipedia.  He's 30 years old now but da Bears are supposedly switching him back to a full time return specialist instead of a WR, so he may just get a few more before he's done!


 


  • Combined special teams return touchdowns, career: 18 (12 punts, 5 kickoffs, 1 missed field goal)
  • Most regular season kick and punt return touchdowns, career: 17
  • Punt return touchdowns, career: 12

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Yeah, here are some of his records from Wikipedia.  He's 30 years old now but da Bears are supposedly switching him back to a full time return specialist instead of a WR, so he may just get a few more before he's done!

 

  • Combined special teams return touchdowns, career: 18 (12 punts, 5 kickoffs, 1 missed field goal)

Most regular season kick and punt return touchdowns, career: 17

Punt return touchdowns, career: 12

 

 

this is good news.  he is hall-of-fame caliber as a returner.  human highlight reel.  he's a great player, but not at WR!

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 PS--  My favorite one is at about 4:30 against the Vikings...  over the shoulder catch, stutter step... surrounded by like 6 guys and somehow he cuts right through them, breaks a tackle and is gone!  Unbelievable.


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 PS--  My favorite one is at about 4:30 against the Vikings...  over the shoulder catch, stutter step... surrounded by like 6 guys and somehow he cuts right through them, breaks a tackle and is gone!  Unbelievable.

 

I had DVR at the time and watched that game.  I rewound that run many times.  Slow-mo.  

 

that first guy that dives at his leg, if you watch that run from a different angle you can really see how amazing that run was!

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Ask and ye shall receive  skip to 1 minute in to see the good stuff...  Hester was one of those guys I never thought would be as awesome in the NFL as he ended up being, even though he was a beast in college.


 


>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byr5enXtl-0


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Being a Bears fan, I LOVE DEVIN HESTER.  But, I will immediately say that he completely blows as a WR.  I have been doing some Bears research in my summer downtime, and noticed that this year he's not even listed as a WR on the training camp roster, which means he'll be returning kicks exclusively again.  The organization was MENTAL for even allowing him to become a pseudo WR, let alone try and be a "decent" one.  But yeah, some of the most exciting moments in recent Bears history is all because of DEVIN FOR SEVEN!!!!!


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I have a cool Hester story you guys will like. From 2005 to 2008 i was part of the USA Army Parachute Team the "Golden Knights" and they are is the US Army's elite skydiving team that compete internationally and perform parachute demos all over the world. So in 2007 I found myself jumping into Super Bowl XLI. i had jumped into Dolphins stadium before and its a horrible jump no easy approach and the winds change drastically once your inside the stadium so 0 fun, plus it was raining which makes everything much more difficult. I was tasked with jumping in the game ball so i also had to worry about having a this fing football strapped to me on top of the winds and rain. So jump goes as good as it could i land on the 50ydl and don't fall which is the cardinal rule for the Golden Knights ( land on target and dont fall lol). but the best part is i get to stay and watch the game from the sideline. When Hester returned that opening kick i was standing on the opposite 30 ydl so he was running at me and i was able to see the whole play develop and unfold the guy ran past me so fast you could feel it and I'm telling you i have never in my life seen a guy in pads run that fast it was the most amazing display of speed i had ever seen. So a cool footnote 3 people touched the ball Hester ran back, Adam Vinatieri, Devin Hester and me Ryan Stewart lol.


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Those college highlights were almost better than his pro ones.....He had a very deliberate running style.  Once he committed, there wasn't a lot of bullshit juking, it was just BAMM, full throttle to top gear, and GO.  He had a RARE top gear...It wasn't just speed, it was powerful speed.


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I have a cool Hester story you guys will like. From 2005 to 2008 i was part of the USA Army Parachute Team the "Golden Knights" and they are is the US Army's elite skydiving team that compete internationally and perform parachute demos all over the world. So in 2007 I found myself jumping into Super Bowl XLI. i had jumped into Dolphins stadium before and its a horrible jump no easy approach and the winds change drastically once your inside the stadium so 0 fun, plus it was raining which makes everything much more difficult. I was tasked with jumping in the game ball so i also had to worry about having a this fing football strapped to me on top of the winds and rain. So jump goes as good as it could i land on the 50ydl and don't fall which is the cardinal rule for the Golden Knights ( land on target and dont fall lol). but the best part is i get to stay and watch the game from the sideline. When Hester returned that opening kick i was standing on the opposite 30 ydl so he was running at me and i was able to see the whole play develop and unfold the guy ran past me so fast you could feel it and I'm telling you i have never in my life seen a guy in pads run that fast it was the most amazing display of speed i had ever seen. So a cool footnote 3 people touched the ball Hester ran back, Adam Vinatieri, Devin Hester and me Ryan Stewart lol.

 

Pretty f***!n cool dude.

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Who was the coach in Denver who absolutely lost his shit when his punter kicked one to Hester that he returned to the house? He got in his kicker's ass about how he told him not to kick to Hester? Was Shanahan still there? Could've been John Fox.


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Who was the coach in Denver who absolutely lost his shit when his punter kicked one to Hester that he returned to the house? He got in his kicker's ass about how he told him not to kick to Hester? Was Shanahan still there? Could've been John Fox.

i remember tom coughlin from the giants jumping his punters shit for kicking to desean jackson late in the 4th....game was bout to go to OT if i remember right, and jackson houses it.

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the more I think about it, Devin Hester is like a small, black, lightning-fast, HoF-level punt/kick returner version of Johnny Johnson.


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I think they oughta put him at DB. Not sure who he'd replace, but seems like more parts DB than WR.


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Guys i honestly think he is a waste on D, he isn't a very good cover guy and doesn't play the run well so he is useless in a cover 2 scheme. On Offense at least he stretches the field vertically and if he actually catches the ball he is very dangerous. So from a coaching aspect you have to do 2 things, 1 you have to account for him at all times, 2. you have to commit someone to cover him vertically. So just that fact that every game he if nothing else he takes at least 1 defender out of the equation. He makes it very hard to double cover Marshall to, putting a guy on him one on one is tough even then he takes 1 of 11 out of the play in most cases. Devin Hester on Offense forces teams to play zone in most cases which is good for Marshall and the run game.


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the more I think about it, Devin Hester is like a small, black, lightning-fast, HoF-level punt/kick returner version of Johnny Johnson.

 

To be honest, he would be a hell of a lot more useful as a slotback/halfback typa runningback than a wide receiver.........He reminds me of Eric Metcalf.

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He doesn't quite have it between the ears enough to play anything other than KR/PR honestly.  I live in Chicago and watch all the Bears games.  Half the time Jay Cutler was telling him where to line up.  He has some amazing talent, speed, change of direction, natural ability, and vision.  But remembering where to line up or do on a particular play...just not there.


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If it's enough to get him to the hof (and it seems like it is), then I guess, stick with it.


 


But if he had it between the ears - like 'Ophish says he don't - then to me it seems like the Bears coulda got Harvin-like production out of him (offensively).


Looks even faster than Percy - which is damn fast - and has unparalleled vision.


 


If he can't cover anybody, though, he can't cover anybody.


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