Devin Hester Wins 10th NFC Special Teams Player Award

Jay FloydContributor IIOctober 5, 2011

Devin Hester Wins 10th NFC Special Teams Player Award

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    Another game, another return, another record.

    It’s getting common for Chicago Bears punt and kick returner Devin Hester.

    Hester returned a kickoff 73 yards on his first attempt against the Carolina Panthers and nearly scored.

    On his next attempt, he did score, returning a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.

    It was his 11th career punt return touchdown and moves him out of a tie with Eric Metcalf for the NFL’s all-time record.

Another Record?

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    Who knew there were more records for Devin to break?

    True, there are always more—most of them are just his already.

    In addition to his newest NFL record, his latest return set another.

    For the 10th time, breaking his own record for the most ever by a return specialist, he was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

    That record will grow every time he wins it. And there could be plenty more.

    In a recent interview about Hester, Bears GM Jerry Angelo said:

    Devin was pretty prolific in college as a returner. He came out early, and he really didn’t have a defined position. If he did, he probably would have been a first-round pick. Even though he was a bit of an enigma, he still was a tremendous talent. We felt the worst we would get was a top returner. We really had no idea he would become the best returner ever to play the game.

Bound for Glory?

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    Is Hester a Hall of Famer? A lot of people are asking. A lot. One current Hall of Famer thinks so. Many media pundits have opinions, too.

    That the question is being raised after just five seasons is a statement itself.

    But until Hester stops returning kicks for touchdowns, rewriting a record book already filled with his own name and redefining the return game, the question will linger.

    Because as long as he’s got another game, there’s a chance for another return.

    And yet another record.

    Isn't that what makes someone a Hall of Famer?