After eight years of bringing agony, joy and overall excitement to Chicago Bears fans of all shapes and sizes; Devin Hester has been released by the team and will be looking for a new NFL team as soon as Wednesday March 5th. Of course, this move is a no-brainer for Chicago general manager Phil Emery, who needs to start producing real fast in the Windy City before his job is up for grabs.
Sure, Hester was electric in his hay-day, but that stage is over for the 31-year-old special teamer and many Bears fans could have told you that two years ago. With all of that being said, there needs to be a place in the Bears’ heart for No. 23. Unfortunately, Chicago will no longer be retiring uniform numbers as Mike Ditka was given the last honor with his infamous No. 89. Nonetheless, Hester will undoubtedly have some sort of honor at Soldier Field here in the near future.
Not only are Hester’s return statistics downright unheard of, the specialist transformed the game in a way that most NFL pundits have never even seen before. Heck, if not for the awesome field position that Hester awarded the Bears on a weekly basis; Chicago’s mid-to-late 2000’s offense would have never scored any points!
Besides, the franchise-leading 20 return touchdowns (including Super Bowl XLI) that Hester notched during his Chicago career were nothing short of spectacular. So while you crotchety old men tell me just how big of a “show pony” Hester was and I’ll remind you that this player single-handedly impacted games for a Bears teams that really had no business putting points on the board otherwise.