He also made the National Football League 2000s All-Decade team for his outstanding performances during that time.
"Everybody was talking about Devin all week long and we talked about it Saturday night", said Toub, now the Chiefs special teams coordinator. Nineteen of those TD returns came in eight seasons with the Bears, where he also played wide receiver. His 20 career return touchdowns -all but one with the Bears from 2006-13 - are a league record.
Cornerback Sherrick McManis, the only active Bears player to team with Hester, was asked to make the case for him in the Hall.
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Because of his success in the return game and blazing speed, Hester became the first player in Madden NFL history to earn a 100 speed rating.
On the day of his retirement, Jarrett Payton made a decision to take some time to reflect on the career of Hester from his former place of work: Halas Hall. I'll always remember the noise y'all made whenever I hit open turf at Soldier [Field] - never heard anything quite like it. "I'd also like to especially thank coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting this whole thing started".
"Hopefully next time I see y'all it'll be in Canton", Hester wrote in his post.
Hester would go on to score a total of 10 touchdowns in the 16 times he faced the Vikings during his career. They won 57 percent of their games during his time there, winning with good special teams and defense and without consistently good QB play. He was a legitimate weapon for the Bears every Sunday who could put up points and improve the team's field position. It would be ridiculous to keep him out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His 19 combined kick and punt returns is six more than Brian Mitchell at second place.