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Bears legend Devin Hester has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022, bringing him one step closer from being enshrined among the NFL’s best.
Hester, arguably the best kick returner of all-time, is a three-time first-team All Pro and four-time Pro Bowler. He has more punt returns than anyone in NFL history with 14, his 20 total non-offensive touchdowns are also the most in league history, and he has the highest average yards per punt return among those with at least 300 returns in NFL history.
Simply put, he forever changed the game.
Hester is one of three players who have been named finalists in their first year of eligibility. That also includes Cowboys/Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Texans receiver Andre Johnson.
As you can imagine, Bears fans are ecstatic about the news. But even most NFL fans agree that Hester belongs in the Hall of Fame — especially as first ballot.
Here’s the reaction from around the NFL:
There are gonna be a lot of old people who do not think he should get in. They are wrong. https://t.co/1fQ7BJCaiZ
— Ryne Moen (@RyneMoen) December 30, 2021
1-He should get in. Hands down the best kick returner I’ve ever seen.
2-It boggles my mind that he was never a big play rcvr https://t.co/qkgGo80RJx
— Mychal Hunter (@ACCBR1) December 30, 2021
The word “duh” comes to mind. https://t.co/PKMye7bD5u
— Justin Fields “QB1” (@how7878) December 30, 2021
— Chris Taylor (@dabears1973) December 30, 2021
He needs to be in the HOF. Hester changed the game. https://t.co/tZzz2G5LHx
— NorthsideIsh (@NorthSideIsh) December 30, 2021
Best returner of all time and there is no debate. https://t.co/lIyqONRGmG
— Jarius Brown (@Jbunderrated_) December 30, 2021
“Devin Hester, you are RIDICULOUS!" https://t.co/Q3W5CsIrcH
— Pat Lamorte (@plamorte) December 30, 2021
Crossing my fingers hard so as to get this legend in on the first ballot!!🤞🤞 https://t.co/74cZBVJH9x
— Zach Keilman (@ZachKeilman) December 30, 2021
Fully accepting he won’t get in right away. But he needs to https://t.co/vOIEl64iMP
— Derrick Brill (@Brills16) December 30, 2021
— Andy Beebe (@Andy_Beebe) December 30, 2021
One of the most electric players in NFL history and the greatest Return man of all time. He has to get in. https://t.co/WUxKNxYOoD
— Matthew Carlson (@mattcarlson53) December 30, 2021
The most electrifying return man in NFL history. Hell, in football history.
Never forget this man took back a kick off in his first college game at The U vs UF https://t.co/aJi37w89De
— Dan Suárez (@DeportesMan85) December 30, 2021
— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) December 30, 2021
First-ballot Hall of Famer, guaranteed. https://t.co/as4jp2tqsj
— Juney (@AVKingJames) December 30, 2021
Hester making it wouod be great for football in general. His talent was generational, he deserves to be in regardless if he was a specialist player or not. https://t.co/WiPM9eCIJO
— Tyler Thurmond (@tthurmond04) December 30, 2021
— Gridiron Assassin (@GridAssassin) December 30, 2021
First Ballot! Dont play games with this one https://t.co/LS0gX4ZM52
— TY BILLton (@BallOut_Bill) December 30, 2021
My favorite football player of all time! DEVIN HESTER YOU ARE RIDICULOUS https://t.co/30dIcxiTuT
— Ian (@IMGeorgeson) December 30, 2021
Literally the greatest at what he did, ever. Completely changed every game he played in. https://t.co/ydYqFBntk6
— alexquigley (@alexquigley) December 30, 2021
Man literally changed the game. He better get in https://t.co/dbPVS1AVPn
— Chauncey MooreIV (@CMIVG) December 30, 2021
@readjack been saying he should be for ages..
He was simply ridiculous and broke every record a returner could https://t.co/SkHzsIlj66
— BeardownUK (@beardownuk) December 30, 2021
The 🐐 KR/PR of all time. Had to be in. https://t.co/6X3eMRXJZq
— Bob Lallky (@BoB_2196) December 30, 2021
— Christopher Teichler ⚓️🐻⬇️ (@composerchris) December 30, 2021
If he doesn’t make it first ballot there shouldn’t be a hall of fame https://t.co/EeUGbSnfSW
— Nihilist Bucks (@nihilist_bucks) December 30, 2021
— JB (@gridironborn) December 30, 2021