Hester’s Hall Credentials Unquestioned

Devin Hester is the best at what he does.  Period.  End of sentence. See you in Canton.  Fresh off his 12th NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award and 18th return touchdown, CBS’s Pete Prisco isn’t that convinced in his latest piece where he deems Hester “a special return man who can change a game.  Not Hall worthy.”  That quote has sparked my latest LOWER THE BOOM post.

Prisco brings a returner like Brian Mitchell into the conversation, but Mitchell took 14 years to set the return record.  Hester did it in less than 6 seasons when he busted that record last year. Now, Hester is sneaking up on his mentor Deion Sanders’ all time return record of 19 returns.  Prime Time set the mark of 19 return TD’s in 188 games; Hester is one away with just 85 career games.

It’s noteworthy that Sanders is in the Hall of Fame and it wasn’t for his tackling.  Let’s face it, Neon Deion is in the Hall of Fame because of his return abilities.

I think a pretty basic litmus test for the Hall of Fame is being among the best at your position during your era.  Hester has been the most dominant EVER at what he does.  He has SHATTERED every record and changed the game.  They changed the kickoff rules because of him whether they’ll admit it or not.

Who knows where the records will stand by the time Hester is done doing his thing?  Whatever the final numbers turn out to be, they will be more than Hall of Fame worthy as Hester runs to Canton.

BOOOOOOOOOOOMMMM!!!!

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  • venomlash

    Man, that spud thinks that special teams is only 1/12th of the game and therefore irrelevant. Excuse me, it’s one of four phases of the game! But you know what? Hester may not spend too much time out there as a returner, sure, but he affects the entire game. His presence alone usually gives the Bears good field position, giving the offense one heckuva boost.

    Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna hate.

  • venomlash

    Man, that spud thinks that special teams is only 1/12th of the game and therefore irrelevant. Excuse me, it’s one of four phases of the game! But you know what? Hester may not spend too much time out there as a returner, sure, but he affects the entire game. His presence alone usually gives the Bears good field position, giving the offense one heckuva boost.

    Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna hate.

  • Chicago Irish

    I’ve always had two issues with the HOF for all sports. One, why do writers get to vote? Just because they are educated to the degree of being able to articulate on paper their opinions and thoughts makes them no more qualified to vote over the dedicated fan sitting in the local establishment every Sunday. Those that can, do. Those that cannot, write about it. Two, there (IMO) should be a HOF within the HOF – consider it an elite HOF dedicated to those that truly were exceptional on and off the field of battle. MLB has a great example – guys like Bonds and Rose would be in the HOF because of their stats and records, but they would not be in the elite HOF due to off-field issues. Players, and only players, would be able to vote for the “elite”.

  • Chicago Irish

    I’ve always had two issues with the HOF for all sports. One, why do writers get to vote? Just because they are educated to the degree of being able to articulate on paper their opinions and thoughts makes them no more qualified to vote over the dedicated fan sitting in the local establishment every Sunday. Those that can, do. Those that cannot, write about it. Two, there (IMO) should be a HOF within the HOF – consider it an elite HOF dedicated to those that truly were exceptional on and off the field of battle. MLB has a great example – guys like Bonds and Rose would be in the HOF because of their stats and records, but they would not be in the elite HOF due to off-field issues. Players, and only players, would be able to vote for the “elite”.