ESPN Zone Chicago is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with the Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Chicago Sports over the last decade. Three of the ten feature the Chicago Bears, including two from the incomparable Devin Hester.
#2 HESTER, YOU ARE RIDICULOUS / 02.4.2007
Following a regular season in which he returned six kicks/punts for touchdowns, Bears rookie Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown, the first time in Super Bowl history that feat is accomplished.
This clip from YouTube seems to convey the excitement of the moment a little bit better than the CBS call of the return. I miss that, bring that back please!
#6 DESERT MIRACLE / 10.16.2006
Trailing 20-0 at halftime of Monday Night Football vs. the Cardinals, the Bears’ defense stages an incredible fourth quarter comeback; Mike Brown and Charles Tilllman both return fumbles for touchdowns and Devin Hester returns a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and the Bears win 24-23.
This clip from Denny Green sums up the Bears great comeback and is almost as memorable as the game.
#7 ONE FOR SWEETNESS / 11.7.1999
In their first Bears game since the shocking passing of NFL legend Walter Payton, the Bears defeat their storied rival Packers 14-13 (the team’s first win over the Packers since 1993) on a blocked field goal by DT Bryan Robinson.
I found a really nice site that pays tribute to Sweetness and this game in particular. Check it out. Can you believe it’s almost been 10 years since Walter left us?
Be sure to check out the complete list of Top 10 Moments at ESPN Zone Chicago, but proceed with caution Cub fans. #1 is painful.
Tip of the cap to Zoner over at Pippen Ain’t Easy for turning me on to this list.