Following the Seattle Seahawks loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, former Chicago Bear Devin Hester announced he was going to retire. After being in the league for ten years, most of them with the Bears, Hester is shutting it down. What was his career in Chicago and the NFL like?
When Devin Hester was allowed to leave Chicago at the end of the 2013 season, a little piece of the heart of Bears’ fans left with him. Hester had entertained Chicago Bears fans for many years with his ability to take special teams to another level. He helped them win games and was one of the most exciting players in team and league history.
Some have said that he should retire as a Chicago Bear. Why not? That’s where he spent the majority of his time in the league. But he didn’t set his career touchdown record for returns with the Bears. That was the hallmark of his career. And did the Bears “snub” of not bringing him back hurt his opinion of them?
The discussion about whether Hester should retire a Bear won’t be talked about much here. Instead, we will look back on the career of Hester. We will remember what he accomplished with the Bears and beyond. We will look at how he helped make his years with Chicago some of the most exciting in the team’s history.