To Chicagoans and Bears fans around the world, there are two numbers that symbolizes greatness and live in sports folklore. The first number is 34. Obviously, the greatest football player of all time Walter Payton wore the number. The second is the number 23. There was Michael Jordan, Ryne Sandberg and now Devin Hester. With the free agency only days away, the thought of Hester no longer returning kicks in front of the 4th Phase is become closer to reality.
Earlier today on the NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access”, Hester had this to day:
“I know that Chicago wants to go a different route. All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They’ve always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn’t have played for a better city. … At the end of my career I do want to retire as a member of the Bears.”
Later, Hester reiterated his thoughts on his Facebook page:
This is what most have predicted but with it now nearly a reality, it’s going to be sad day to be a Bears fan when this is official. Hester gave us so many memorable moments by being ridiculous. Earlier in his career, Hester spoiled us with his returns almost like how the Bulls spoiled us in the 90’s. Every time he touched the ball, we all knew we were about to witness something special. Later in his career with the Bears, when the returns started to slow down and he was forced to become a receiver.
Thank you Windy City Flyer. You are Ridiculous. We hope you get your record soon!