Things to know about Devin

1. Devin began his professional career with the Chicago Bears in 2006.

2. While playing for the University of Miami, he was the first player to ever play at offense, defense and special teams.

3. Devin played on Team Nelly during the Celebrity Flag Football Game in Indy, during Superbowl weekend 2011.

4. Devin attributes much of his success to his mentor Deion Sanders, who helped him perfect his running game.

5.  In the 2009 season, he amassed 634 receiving yards and three touchdowns during the first 10 weeks of the season.

6.  During the 2010 season Devin earned 2 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards, a trip to the Pro Bowl and a selection to the All-Pro Team.

7.  Devin became the NFL’s all-time leader in punt returns in 2011.

Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) of the Atlanta Falcons plays wide receiver and return specialist. At the University of Miami, he became the first person in the University’s current history to play in all three phases of American football: offense, defense, special teams, and performed each position exceptionally well.

Having been drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Hester quickly made an impact as a kick returner, and later became one of the team’s starting wide receivers. Devin currently holds the NFL record for most all-time kick and punt return touchdowns.

The Chicago Bears originally drafted Hester as a cornerback, but they intended to play him as a return specialist, after the retirement of Jerry Azumah, and the departure of Bobby Wade. The Bears are the first and only pro team Hester has played for.

Hester became the NFL’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns in October 2011,  when against the Carolina Panters, he returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown surpassing Eric Metcalf’s record.  Later that month, Hester returned a kickoff for a           98-yard TD against the Vikings. In November, Hester went on to return an 82-yard punt for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
On April 30, 2012, Mike Tice, Bears offensive coordinator, and general manager, Phil Emery, stated that Hester’s role would be reduced down to at least 4th-string, and that the Bears would utilize Hester in a series of plays called the “Hester Package”, instead of an every-down receiver.

After the 2013 season Hester was traded to the Atlanta Falcons.

Taken in part from: Wikipedia

Photos by Chip Zellet

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