- 9 × NFC Player Of The Week
- 3 × Pro Bowl selection ( 2006, 2007, 2010)
- ESPY Breakthrough Player of the Year (2007)
- 2 × First - team All-Pro selection ( 2006, 2007 )
- NFL 2000s All- Decade Team
Devin Hester (* November 4, 1982 in Riviera Beach, Florida) is an American professional American football player in the service of the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League ( NFL). Mainly Hester 's kickoff and punt returner, but is occasionally used as a cornerback and wide receiver.
His nickname in the American press are Windy City Flyer ( according to "The Windy City" as a nickname of Chicago ) and Anytime ( in terms of his ability to score a touchdown by a return from each game situation ). He holds the NFL record for most return touchdowns in a season and for most return touchdowns in a NFL career, he has also carried back to 2007 as the first player to player opening kickoff of the Super Bowl for a touchdown. These were also the fastest points scored in a Super Bowl.
Hester was at the University of Miami and has been appointed there as a sophomore in various All-American teams, that was according to expert opinion one of the best college players of the vintage. Even at these times, he was feared throughout the nation, for its return qualities, not only in punts and kickoffs, but also mainly blocked punt and field goal attempts. He is still the only player of his university, which was used in the attack, in defense and in the " Special Teams ".
2006 Hester was selected in the NFL Draft in the second round by the Bears. Their head coach Lovie Smith, mainly focused on his qualities as a returner, which was also reflected during the Games, where he was rarely used as a cornerback or receiver, but played as a returner. Hester played in only 13 of 16 possible regular season games, but scored six touchdowns, including a 108 -yard return for a granted Field - goal attempt, which was the longest time between turn in the history of the NFL. At the end of the season he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Due to the exceptionally good 2006 season, Hester gained nationwide notoriety.
In the 2007 season, Hester improved his own record for most return touchdowns in a season of five to six. In addition, he was able to achieve for the second time in his career two return touchdowns in a game. In addition, it could reach two more touchdowns as a wide receiver. As in 2006, he was nominated for the Pro Bowl.
2014 Hester's contract was terminated by the Bears, shortly after he signed a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.