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By: Alyssa Barbieri
Devin Hester is the greatest return specialist in NFL history. Now, the Chicago Bears legend stands alone as a primary returner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Third time was the charm for Hester, who finally had his name called for football immortality. He was one of three Bears named to the Class of 2024, joining Steve McMichael and Julius Peppers.
For Hester, this is a moment years in the making. While many believed Hester should’ve been a first-ballot Hall of Famer, none of that matters now that Hester has finally taken his place among the NFL’s greatest.
“This is a wild dream that I never imagined,” Hester said, via the Sun-Times. “This is bigger than everything. This is not only a dream, but this is something that I felt as a kid was impossible. That was just too much out of the picture. It’s like hitting the lotto.”
The Bears have a rich history that Hester has known since he arrived at Halas Hall as a rookie back in 2006. With Hester and McMichael being named to the Hall of Fame, that makes 32 Hall of Famers — who played primarily with the Bears — the most of any NFL team.
“You start thinking these guys are immortal — they’re the superheroes of the NFL,” Hester said. “You have Pro Bowl players, you have All-Pro players, but then you have the Greek gods, which is the Hall of Famers. To be in that category and to be listed as a Hall of Famer, man, is amazing.”
Hester, a three-time first-team All Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, forever changed the game as a return specialist. He has more punt returns than anyone in NFL history with 14, his 20 total non-offensive touchdowns are also the most in league history, and he has the highest average yards per punt return among those with at least 300 returns in NFL history.
“He changed the game — he changed our games,” Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Sun-Times. “Those are the guys you want in the Hall of Fame. He’s the best to ever do it at his position.”
Originally Posted On Bears Wire