Devin Hester earns his 14th special teams player of the week award

The best kick returner in NFL history has been recognized again.

Atlanta’s Devin Hester has been named the NFC special teams player of the week after a Week Three win over the Bucs in which he broke the NFL record for return touchdowns. Hester’s punt return touchdown was the 20th return touchdown of his career. He has 14 punt return touchdowns, five kickoff return touchdowns and one missed field goal return touchdown.

Hester has led the league in punt return touchdowns three times, kickoff return touchdowns twice, punt return yards twice and kickoff return yards once. He’ll have a very good chance of becoming the first player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame strictly as a return man.

This was the 14th time Hester won the NFC special teams player of the week award; he won it 13 times in eight seasons with the Bears. Hester is averaging 15.2 yards a punt return and 28.0 yards a kickoff return this year. The Bears, who are averaging 3.7 yards on punt returns and 19.2 yards on kickoff returns, may be wondering why they let him go.

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