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Devin Hester says team is going a different route, likely won’t return to Bears

devin-hesterFor eight seasons Devin Hester has been a weapon for the Chicago Bears. He’s a threat to score anytime his hands are on the football. When opponents lined up to punt, all eyes focused on No. 23.

In 2014, Devin Hester and his numerous NFL records will likely be suiting up for another team.

“I know that Chicago wants to go a different route. All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They’ve always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn’t have played for a better city. At the end of my career I do want to retire as a member of the Bears,” Hester said Wednesday on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.”

Prior to last season, head coach Marc Trestman simplified Devin Hester’s role, making him strictly a return man. After spending time from 2007-2012 as a wide receiver, Hester’s final season with the Chicago Bears was similar to his first in that he didn’t catch a single pass.

As a member of the Bears, Hester was named to three Pro Bowl teams and was a First-Team All-Pro three times. He’s the Bears’ all-time leader in punt return yards and touchdowns as well as kickoff return yards. Hester’s 18 combined punt return (13) and kickoff return (5) scores are the most in NFL history.

Devin Hester may wear another team’s uniform in the future, but for these plays he’ll always be a Chicago Bear.

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