Posted December 31, 2012

Bears WR Devin Hester considers retirement

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Bears wideout Devin Hester says he is considering retirement. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bears wideout Devin Hester says he is considering retirement. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears record-setting kick returner and wide receiver Devin Hester says he doesn’t know if he is going to play football anymore and is devastated that the team fired head coach Lovie Smith after nine seasons.

Hester also blamed the media and fans saying they “got what they wanted” with Smith’s firing. Smith was let go on Monday despite the Bears going 10-6 in 2012, but the Bears won’t be playing in the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons.

“I don’t even know if I want to play again, man,” Hester said to the Chicago Tribune. “You know, that’s been on my mind for two years now.”

“It’s not (as much fun anymore). It ain’t. So, I have my workers’ comp papers in my pocket. See how I feel, go home and talk to my wife, my family. See where we go from there. I’ve got two beautiful kids, man, young. Two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”

Hester, 30, averaged 25.9 yards on kickoff returns, 8.3 yards on punts and caught 23 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown this season. Hester holds the NFL record for the most combined special teams return touchdowns in a career with 18.  


40 comments
Sunny
Sunny

I don't blame him.  With the new kick-off rules, it made his job a bit tougher in the last 2 years.  Also, losing your player-friendly coach after a good season leaves more bitter feelings.  It makes coming to work not very fun, especially for an elite athlete.

JamesShort
JamesShort

Devin, come on over to the Miami Dolphins and perform your magic in your home City.  You will be much more happy their and the fans will be absolutely crazy about you.

southaustin
southaustin

He's right. Firing a coach with a 10-6 record is a dumb idea.  First you scare off top notch candidates because  they have to do better than 10-6 in the first year or else they'll be considered failures. The Bears have talent but also glaring  weaknesses (in particular O-Line)  so why risk your reputation when you can go to Philly (that also has lots of talent)  but any record next year better than 4-12  will be considered an improvement. If the Bears go 8-8 next year the fans will be calling for the head of the new coach - if the Eagles go 8-8  the fans will say they are moving in the right direction.

alacla9
alacla9

this guy does not but bitch. bye!

buckybone
buckybone

He's 30 years old, so he's still had an above-average career length. He's qualified for the pension, and he's about the third-best returner in the division right now (behind Cobb and Ross, both Packers). Good riddance.

Atlanta_Falcons_No1
Atlanta_Falcons_No1

Workers' Comp Papers in his pocket???? "Devon Hester, you are RIDICULOUS" !!!

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Pretty sure Hester is just making diva-noise, but even if he isn't, he really isn't very important to the team now.  He's not the same return-man weapon he once was.  Still productive, sure, but no longer game-breaking like he was 5-6 years ago.

 

And as a receiver, his absence could actually be beneficial.  The Bears need to fast-track Alshon Jeffery's development if they know what's good for them, and Hester's ego pressing around the receiver corp depth-chart, continually whining for a bigger role, is just getting in the way of that.

mike98
mike98

The coach made the playoffs once in 6 years, he needed to GO!

ladyjohngaga71
ladyjohngaga71

Devin Hester and Brin Urlacher may fit well for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 as the team can use an experienced wide receiver to compliment Sidney Rice and Golden Tate plus help out on Special Teams for kickoff or punt return. Urlacher can provide experience at linebacker where the position is very young. Both of them will also help the Hawks to win more games on the road by being a force also in the playoffs as one of the op teams w/ a bye week in next season giving home fans to be loud and dangerous, esp. to the opposing team on offense.

amolad
amolad

Hester needs a coach who will let him concentrate on returns and ONLY returns.

This guy was such a threat they changed the rules because of him.

The next time he runs one back, he'll feel a whole lot better.

OompaLoompa
OompaLoompa

The fact is the shelf life for talented return men is woefully short.  Remember Dante Hall?  Of course you don't.  Hester was able to do it longer and better than anyone, so give the man some respect.  However, his time returning for scores is over and it's pretty obvious he has no business garnering a starting WR's salary.  As a lifelong Chicagoan and Bears fan, I wish the guy well.  It was nice having another superstar wearing #23 in Chicago for a while.

Bozopolis
Bozopolis

What a lame bluff.  Okay, retire.  It's not like you're relavent in the offense anyway.  Smith probably needed to go as the Bears were stagnant.  Mike Tice was a terrible choice for OC.  Let's see what they come up with.  I'm doubting that it'll get much better.  It might get a lot worse. 

DoubleG
DoubleG

The Bears are a below average team paying above average wages to average players.  Good bye Lovie.  Good bye Hester. Good bye Urlacher.  And please take "It's everybody's fault but mine" Cutler with you.

stujoe1966
stujoe1966

 

The play of the players, especially on offense - such as 'supposed' WR Hester - had more to do with Lovie's firing than the words of the Fans and Media. The more I hear some of these players whine about the firing, the more it becomes obvious how needed it was. 

 

Truth is, ownership should have given Emery the ability to fire Lovie last year and we would be 1 year and 1 OC closer to moving on. 

 

 

DarrenZancan
DarrenZancan

I work in the media, and you can't blame us for Lovie losing his job. It comes down to results, wins, playoffs and championships. Lovie doesn't have much to show for his tenure in Chicago, so Hester, don't blame the ones paid to ask questions and write stories, blame yourselves for not doing enough to save his job.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I think he'll be back. He's upset Smith is gone but he'll probably get over it. I'd be sorry to see him go, he's an exciting player to watch.

ThomasBihn
ThomasBihn

I'd love it if the Browns picked up Lovie. 10 wins is more than we've had in the past two years combined! lol

MessiGoal
MessiGoal

To all the idiots who are suggesting Hester and Urlacher aren't all-time greats or HOF's at their position, get a life. Hester is possibly the greatest returner ever, and Urlacher is a HOF. Take your annoying (and, more importantly, false) comments elsewhere.

ajscrunchtime
ajscrunchtime

Hester, Urlacher, and anyone else who thinks Lovie Smith did the Bears any good can also leave.  Smith did the Bears no favors and had no fire with this team...Good riddance Lovie - we need a coach with brains...

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

no big deal---he's washed up--time to retire

John4
John4

Devin Hester is under contract for 2013 for $7,600,000.  My guess is that he gets over the Lovie Smith and gets on with his life, and plays for the Bears in 2013.  Who walks away from 7.6 Mill?  Nobody does.  Not even Hester.  

TeeHolmes
TeeHolmes

U sucked this year, running scared so your retirement won't be a loss, Deion will keep the record for total returns and the Bears free up some cap space.

vinceseg
vinceseg

 LMAO, they're going to cut you this off-season loser!  5-6 mill per year for a bum on offense and someone who can return anymore isn't happening.  Good riddance pal, your part of the problem!

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

I'm sure they'll miss your amazing offensive contributions. 

Carol2
Carol2

What does he need workers comp papers for?  Really?

alacla9
alacla9

 @southaustin

 Hester should have applied for the GM job if he feels that way. Lovie had a say in many area's of this team. he was the coach no matter how u look at it. when he won early he demanded a new contract and got it. it's what have u done for me lately, 3-5 last 8 games, making it to the playoffs once in the last 6 years isn't making it. it was time for him to go. so the 10-6 is misleading, it's ok if you're a loser.

alacla9
alacla9

i meant he does nothing but Cry!

bradgnoyes
bradgnoyes

 @ladyjohngaga71 Urlacher and Hester would both be a step backwards for the Seahawks, and would cost for money than they are worth.  Urlacher is breaking down and would only steal playing time from Wagner.  Hester has no place in the Seahawks receiving corp, not to mention we still have Leon Washington as a return man and Tate is able to take over those duties when the time comes.  Not a good idea at all to bring either of those guys in.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @amolad You don't seem to realize it's Hester himself who wants to play receiver.  He suffers from the delusion he's actually good at it.

renee
renee

 @MessiGoal Great players, but whine like little girls.  Not a good combo.

Peyton's Payback
Peyton's Payback

 @John4 But he's got his 'workers comp' papers in his pocket...  That's good for at least 400 a month!  

stujoe1966
stujoe1966

 @Carol2 It means he is not the brightest bulb in the box. Probably why he never panned out at WR.

dekewf
dekewf

 @Carol2

 They aren't 'workers comp papers' - he means he has the NFL Retirement Papers which, when filed with the league office, voids his current contract and makes him eligible for the leagues pension and disability benefits.  To get back in the league (like Favre did), he would have to apply for reinstatement after filing these papers...

aaronfarber9
aaronfarber9

 @Steve27  @buckybone And Dez, Jacoby, Desean, Janoris Jenkins, Edelman...I mean really the list goes on.  Hester WAS great.  He hasn't had a TD in how many seasons?

renee
renee

 @MessiGoal ... and add Cutler to that, except for the great player part.

patrick g
patrick g

 @dekewf  @Carol2    I was typing my point when i looked below at STUJOE and almost wrote the same thing...LOL  Enough excuses and enough politically correct disinformation to mask poor performances and extra benefit of the doubt  explanations based on what color the guy is whos talking.

MessiGoal
MessiGoal

 @renee  @MessiGoal I'll agree Cutler doesn't have the best attitude, but Urlacher is a class act. Hester is a pretty good guy, (I can kinda see why you might think he whines). Just don't agree on Urlacher.