Chicago Bears Football: Every Return Touchdown of Devin Hester's Career

Carl StineCorrespondent INovember 16, 2011

Chicago Bears Football: Every Return Touchdown of Devin Hester's Career

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    There is no better return man in the history of football than Devin Hester.

    He is currently sitting just one return score behind Deion Sanders' NFL record for total return touchdowns, and he is still in his prime.

    He holds a plethora of NFL records, including most special teams touchdowns (18), most punt return touchdowns for his career (12), most punt return touchdowns in a season (4) and most kickoff return touchdowns in a game (2).

    While the battle rages around him about whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame, "The Windy City Flyer" just keeps doing what he does, thrilling fans with his ridiculous speed and incredible agility.

    Compiled in this list, for your viewing pleasure, is every return touchdown of Hester's already amazing career.

19. Icing on the Cake

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    Date: 9/10/2006

    Opponent: at Green Bay Packers

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 84 yards

    Significance: Any win against the Packers is big, but when it is capped off by a punt return for touchdown to seal the 26-0 beatdown, it earns a spot in the annals of Chicago lore.

18. Game-Winner

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    Date: 10/16/2006

    Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 83 yards

    Significance: This was the game-winner. The Bears needed Hester to step up in prime time, and he did. This score put the Bears on top, where they would stay in the infamous "they are who we thought they were" game.

17. Seriously?

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    Date: 11/12/2006

    Opponent: at New York Giants

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 108 yards

    Significance: Wow. The man is fast, and smart. Great decision-making demonstrated here as Hester took the kick, nonchalantly began to mosey his way out of the end zone and then took it to the house.

    Great blocking, as well.

    This one helped the Bears start to pull away.

16. Hello, Minnesota

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    Date: 12/3/2006

    Opponent: Minnesota Vikings

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 45 yards

    Significance: The first of many returns for scores against Minnesota. You would think Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe would have figured out the danger earlier in the game when Hester nearly broke one for a score...

15. Smoked Ram, No. 1

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    Date: 12/11/2006

    Opponent: at St. Louis Rams

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 94 yards

    Significance: Hester gave the Bears the lead with his first kickoff-return touchdown and...

14. Smoked Ram, No. 2

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    Date: 12/11/2006

    Opponent: at St. Louis Rams

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 96 yards

    Significance: ...Finished off the Bears' scoring with this one.

13. Super Bowl Opener

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    Date: 2/4/2007

    Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 92 yards

    Significance: The Bears made the Super Bowl, which they eventually lost to the Colts, but Hester provided the highlight of the game for Chicago fans when he returned the opening kick for a score.

12. New Return Champ

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    Date: 9/16/2007

    Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs

    Type of return: Punt return

    Distance: 73 yards

    Significance: Hester made a statement against Dante Hall's team that Hall's reign as return king was officially over.

11. Manhandled

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     Date: 9/30/2007

    Opponent: at Detroit Lions

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 97 yards

    Significance: The Lions were in the throes of one of their more miserable seasons, and Hester just added to its awfulness when he embarrassed tacklers with this score.

10. Good Start

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    Date: 10/14/2007

    Opponent: Minnesota Vikings

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 89 yards

    Significance: The Bears romped in this one, and Hester started off the scoring with this electric return.

9. The Equalizer

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    Date: 11/25/2007

    Opponent: Denver Broncos

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 75

    Significance: The Bears were trailing, and in a game that they eventually won by only three, Hester provided the touchdown that put them in position to tie with the extra point. This video is from the view in the stands to give you a sense of the response Hester's electric performances evoke.

8. The Equalizer, Redux

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    Date: 11/25/2007

    Opponent: Denver Broncos

    Type of return: Kickoff

    Distance: 88 yards

    Significance: Once again, Hester ties it up, and once again, the stands erupt.

7. Untouchable

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    Date: 12/30/2007

    Opponent: New Orleans Saints

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 64 yards

    Significance: Nobody touched him, nobody. This was the return that blew this game wide open, and his hesitation and juke absolutely befuddled the Saints.

6. He's Back

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    Date: 9/27/2010

    Opponent: Green Bay Packers

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 62 yards

    Significance: After two seasons with no returns for touchdowns, Hester burst back on the scene against hated rival Green Bay.

5. Keepin' It Close

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    Date: 10/17/2010

    Opponent: Seattle Seahawks

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 89 yards

    Significance: Though the Bears eventually lost this game, Hester's return brought them back within three, and it reminded people that he was still the most dangerous return man in the game.

4. Record Goes Down

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    Date: 12/20/2010

    Opponent: at Minnesota Vikings

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 64 yards

    Significance: This return gave Hester the record for most kick return touchdowns in NFL history.

3. Another Record Falls

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    Date: 10/2/2011

    Opponent: Carolina Panthers

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 69 yards

    Significance: Hester had nearly broken a kickoff return for touchdown earlier in this contest, and he took this one to the house, breaking the NFL's punt return for touchdowns record with his 11th.

2. Vikes Toasted Yet Again

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    Date: 10/16/11

    Opponent: Minnesota Vikings

    Type of Return: Kickoff

    Distance: 98 yards

    Significance: In a blowout of the NFC North rival, Hester torched the Vikes for yet another return TD.

1. Lions Get Burned

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    Date: 11/13/2011

    Opponent: Detroit Lions

    Type of return: Punt

    Distance: 82 yards

    Significance: Hester added to his record-breaking punt return total with this one in a rout of the nasty Detroit Lions.