Devin Hester, best return man in National Football League history, announces retirement

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Hester made history at The U as the first Hurricane to play offense, defense and special teams during his time in Coral Gables from 2003-05. A collective sigh of relief could be heard from special teams coaches around the league after the news of Hester retiring came about.

He played for Baltimore and Seattle last season but hadn't played this year.

While playing for the Bears, Hester also tied Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' career record of 19 return touchdowns-which includes punts, kickoffs, missed field goals, fumbles and interceptions-a mark he later broke in 2014 as a member of the Falcons. A kick to Hester was a risk too great to take, a mistake that Chicago fans just hoped other teams would make. Chicago was where he was known as one of the best return men of all time.

"To all of the Bears fans, you brought me in and made a Florida boy feel at home in the Midwest from Day 1".

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"I'd also especially like to thank Coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting this whole thing started". Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with the latest news and exclusive giveaways!

After leaving the Bears following the 2013 season, Hester played for the Falcons (2014-15), Ravens (2016) and Seahawks (2016). In a post on social media, the 35-year-old Hester says he realized it was time.

The legendary punt and kickoff returner officially retired from the National Football League on Tuesday, 11-plus months after he last appeared in a game. He also had five total kickoff returns for touchdowns over the span of his career. He hasn't suited up for a team this year.

Devin Hester didn't stop to consider his Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials until after his final career game, a Seahawks playoff loss in January. His impact on so many games can not be understated, and deserves recognition in the Pro Football Hall of Fame - preferably, with his game-winning punt return against the Arizona Cardinals playing on a loop.