Devin Hester, you are ridiculous!” That line was bellowed many a time by Chicago Bears radio play-by-play man Jeff Joniak, especially from 2006-2010 when the Monsters of the Midway were making legitimate runs toward championships. Hester electrified Bears fans and the nation for eight seasons with his unmatched ability to take kicks and punts to the house. We learned Thursday night in Atlanta that the threat of Hester, now a wily veteran, remains very real.
Hester is in his first year with the Falcons, and if Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay is any indication, he’s still got it. The speedster buried the Buccaneers with a punt return for a touchdown, his first career rushing touchdown, and recovered a fumble for good measure. The punt return for six points though is the story, of course.
It marked Hester’s first return for a score as a Falcon, but the 20th in his career. That means he is now the all-time leader in return touchdowns in the history of the NFL.
About halfway through the second quarter, Hester fielded a Bucs punt and scampered 62 yards until he made it into the history books. Overall, He has 14 career punt return touchdowns, five scores on kickoffs and one very memorable missed field goal return to stun the Giants in 2006. Hester was running back missed field goals attempts long before Auburn made it cool.
Written by KEVIN SCHOLLA
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