There are some that feel that Hester was done a great injustice when he was released by former Bears’ General Manager Phil Emery. They felt that he should have been a Bear until the end of his career. Perhaps they are right.
Hester was a very important part of the Bears years in the mid to late 2000’s and beyond. He was electric and single-handedly helped them win a few games. He made the popular time to go to the refrigerator, the kickoff, a moment where people would stop and watch him. Hester could easily return a kickoff or a punt back for a touchdown every time he had an opportunity.
“Devin Hester, you are ridiculous.”
This writer remembers hushing his kids and sitting on the edge of the couch seat every time Hester was about to return a punt or a kickoff. He was a “can’t miss” type of play-maker.
He gave Bears’ fans something to look forward to on Sundays during the lean seasons and was a big part of their Super Bowl run in 2006.
Special teams in Chicago haven’t been the same since Hester left. There may never be another like him, in our lifetime. He truly was one of the greatest.
No matter what, Hester will always be remembered as being a Chicago Bear. And hopefully Bears’ management, even ownership, will be reaching out to him to have him retire as a Bear. Hester is destined for the Hall of Fame and hopefully he decides to go in as a Monster of the Midway. That would cement his legacy as one of the greatest Bears ever.
Perhaps Bears’ radio announcer Jeff Joniak said it best when he said “Devin Hester, you are ridiculous.”